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The CHAUSSEE 36 Photo Foundation presents the solo exhibition "Tokyo is yours" by the Australian photographer Meg Hewitt, presenting the artist's work in Germany for the first time.


Meg Hewitt's work has its origins in sculpture, painting and media, but since 2010 she has devoted herself to photography.

The series "Tokyo is yours", which was created in Tokyo between 2015 and 2017, is in black and white.


In this cycle, Hewitt, born in Sydney, Australia in 1973, reflects deeply on Japan, particularly its uncertainty and fragility after the Fukushima disaster in 2011.
This environmental disaster almost led to the evacuation of Tokyo, a city of more than 13 million people. The title "Tokyo is yours" comes from graffiti that could be found on the city's walls.


Hewitt draws inspiration from manga and films, particularly life on the streets of Tokyo.
The scenes she captures on film have cinematic qualities. People meet each other, strange situations arise and disappear again.


Between 2015 and 2017, Meg Hewitt traveled to Japan seven times and spent twelve hours a day exploring the city.

She roamed parks, night bars, the zoo, traveled to Fukushima and visited the waterfront. She captured spontaneous details that caught her attention and portrayed the residents she met.


The fact that she doesn't speak or read Japanese and doesn't understand conversation gave her a feeling of complete freedom and creativity.
The people she met and the scenes she experienced became symbols, archetypes and metaphors. Photographer Daido Moriyama, who Meg Hewitt credits as a source of inspiration, describes her photos as "dangerous."

With her photographs, Meg Hewitt explores the space between things, memories, interpersonal relationships and fears.

She often photographs at night with flash to isolate her subject from the context. The use of silver film emphasizes the contrast of the black tones when developing the films.

Through their unique aesthetic, which creates a threatening compression of space, the photographs convey a feeling of psychological pressure.
Additional information
Vernissage: 17 September 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m."
Dates
December 2023
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