Hiroaki Ishii’s exhibition “La porte de l’ illusion” presents recent works from 2006 to 2010. This is his first exhibition at Photo Gallery International. “La porte” means “door” and “l’ illusion” means “phantom” in French.
When “object” is collected and looked, it has been added value of academic and historical connotation, and changed its form into the secondary existence. Ishii says, “ ‘object’ is separated from its own circumstance and context when being displayed, and begins to live as a new existence of what is parenthetic.” “When there is a camera between subject and myself, the subject is also changed into the material what is parenthetic ‘photograph’ ”, he says. He also says that satisfying “desire of eyes” and collecting “joy of seeing” means taking photographs.
The photographs by Ishii capture impressive light through glass, and give the impression as if motifs are encased in the insect cabinet and displayed. These photographs are taken in 16 countries, more than 150 different places. There are optical motifs such as reflection, transmission, and flex; invisible dust that comes up by light; atmosphere of objects that exists quietly in their spaces. They are photographed and collected by Ishii, and are changed into new images that evoke layer of time accumulated also majestic moment put us in mind of death.
Around 20 color photographs are shown at the exhibition. The photographs by Ishii invite eyes of viewers to private joy.