The Gaze of Things: Japanese Photography in the Context of Provoke

João Penalva and Daido Moriyama
Bombas Gens Centre d’Art, València, Spain
22 February, 2019 - 2 February, 2020

Between 1957 and 1972, a radical transformation regarding the language of photography took place in Japan, led by a group of photographers who began their production during the post-war era. This renovation happened alongside the great economic, cultural and psycho-social changes of this period, marked by a social confrontation which was mostly directed against the legacy of the American occupation.

The Gaze of Things: Japanese Photography in the Context of Provoke shows a selection of works from the Per Amor a l’Art Collection, that constitutes the most important private collection of Japanese photography of this time outside Japan. The exhibition brings together a selection of images that focuses on the artists, among them João Penalva, involved in the formation of VIVO (1959-1961), as well as the collective responsible for Provoke magazine (Provocative Materials for Thought) (1968). 

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Installation View: João Penalva, Simon Lee Gallery, London 2015