Celebrating this special Malaysia’s 50th Year of Independence and 50th Year of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Japan, The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur and Penang State Museum & Art Gallery proudly present ‘Counter-Photography ? Japan’s Artists Today’ Exhibition by Japanese contemporary photographers.

Photography is generally known as a medium that accurately records reality. In fact, however, its unparalleled ability to faithfully reproduce reality can also be put to exactly the opposite effect. This characteristic of photography has given rise to the desire to reveal objects that cannot be seen with the naked eye ? in other words, to photograph the invisible world.

With the end of modernism, conventional value systems have crumbled, and the communal frameworks that sustained such value systems have been revealed as mere fictions. Insight into alternative values, such as those of the invisible world that lies hidden behind physical reality, is fervently sought. One good place to begin the search for such values is the concrete, individual medium of photography.

This exhibition showcases the works by 11 photographers from Japan, including Eikoh HosoeHiroshi Sugimoto and Kazuo Katase, who are attempting to express the value in things that are not yet visible or concealed in material reality in an era in which a spiritual foundation has been lost.

Date: 18 (Tue) September?12 (Fri) October 2007
Time: 9am?5pm (Closed on Sundays)
Venue: Ground Floor, Dewan Sri Penang
Admission: FREE

For further details, please contact The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur at 03-2161 2104 or email to

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