Zen Foto Gallery is pleased to host the photography exhibition 'Showa92' by Kazuyoshi Usui from 31 October to 21 November. This series is a sequel to 'Showa88' which was published in 2011. Along with the exhibition, photography book Showa92 is published by Zen Foto Gallery.
Atopic dermatitis is an iconic modern disease. I myself am a man living in this modern era, coping with the allergic reactions of this disease, which occurs when my immune system overreacts to an unknown substance.
Looking out to the Tokyo Olympics to be held in 2020, sanitization is under way throughout this city. I would not simply judge it as good or bad. I rather see this phenomenon as our reality, that the culture which enfolds greyness, where discordance lies, is disappearing, replaced by one that is only tolerant of things that fall into a category — white or black, good or evil. But I believe that this culture of greyness represents the very charm of humanity.
As it has developed, today’s Japan has no room for difference and otherness to coexist, and places for escape are disappearing. I endeavour to record such places of “asylum” in my own way.
- Asylum: sanctuary that cannot be breached, or a place of security protected from intervention by any legal force.