Japan: many views through one lens

This morning I helped my friend Jean-Pierre Antonio hang photos for his exhibit, “Japonisme today,” which runs March 7-25 at Sawa Restaurant and Gallery near Granville Island, Vancouver (1538 W. 2nd Ave).

Japonisme Today photo exhibit
Jean-Pierre has lived in Japan for close to twenty years (he was a great help with research for my novel, Manga Touch). Taken together, his photos create a kaleidoscope of colours and images ranging from the blurred action of summer revelers in Maruyama Park, Kyoto to the larger-than-life performances of television personalities; from the serene and mysterious faces of old statues to the lively, self-conscious poses of university students. The photos are bright with life and movement, depicting a Japan that still has one foot in the “old Japan” that has always intrigued the Western imagination, while the other foot leaps ahead (and sometimes side-ways) into an ever evolving, reinventing present.
images from exhibit

(Some of my favourite photos of Jean-Pierre’s are not featured in the exhibit, but are included on notecards available for sale at the show. The food at the restaurant is worth a stop as well!)

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5 Responses to “Japan: many views through one lens”

  1. A taste of Japan – through photos, haiku and food « wild ink Says:

    […] Note: this is Jean-Pierre’s third photo exhibit at Sawa. Click here for a blog post on a past exhibit. […]

  2. millie Says:

    Beautiful Jackie and very interesting. If I lived on the mianland
    I would be sure to visit and have lunch. It sounds like a great
    place/
    Millie

  3. Jacqueline Pearce Says:

    thanks, Millie!

  4. Sherida Charles Says:

    It is great to see Jean-Pierre’s photos. I was a friend of his years ago, when he was in the BFA program at UBC. I have lost touch with him, so it is great to see him here. Please let me know if he is having any other shows in Vancouver in the future, as I would love to go and see them.
    Thanks,
    Sherida (Levy) Charles

    • Jacquie Says:

      Hi Sherida. I’ll let Jean-Pierre know you left a message. I think he is planning to have another exhibit at the same location next spring (possibly March/April).

      Jacquie

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