Political Landscape: Artist Book.


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Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber. Japanese Lesson. Artist Book, 2017

20 x 28 cm, 1260 pages, incl. 630 color plates
(also incl. 13 drawings, carbon paper, a gloassary)

For the different chapters of »Japanese Lesson« Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber took photographs while walking on the borders of various neighborhoods in Osaka, Yokohama and Tokyo. Falling into a meditative rhythm between walking and photographing the two artists where discussing topics like ‚Political Landscapes‘, ‚Borders‘ or ‚How a Neighborhood can define your Identity‘.  They also visited areas in Tokyo which are changing for the future, mainly because of the 2020 Olympic Games. Questions like ‚Who owns the cities’ or ‚Reason for Change’ are brought together with questions about identity and belonging.

On each of  these walks Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber took images around on a regular basis – depending on time or distance. These walks are brought together in one massive artist books and take shape in different photographic images, framed photographs on the walls or projections of photographic sequences.

The book includes 11 different walks, 10 different chapters. Inbetween the chapters you find several single images and different almost black pages. These black pages include different missing images from chapters the artists couldn’t include into the book.

»In and Out« Sanya april   10,  2017, 3 :00 –  6 :30 pm
»Takeda no komoriuta« Higashi Sumida april 14,  2017, 2:00  –   5:30 pm
»The Shut Down of Miyashita Park« april 24, 2017, 4:00 – 4:45 pm
»Let the Games begin«, Olympic Stadium april 12, 2017, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
»The Headquarter«, Imperial Hotel Tokyo april 23, 2017, 4:45 – 6:30 pm
»Maze Construction« Underground construction sites Tokyo april & may 2017
»The Island« Ariake Tokyo april 30, 2017, 2:00 – 4:15 pm
»233 Miles Away, Ichinomiya may 5, 2017, 12:15 – 3:30 pm
»Tokyo Happy«, Shibuya Station april 24, 2017, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
»Eating Alone«, Shibaura Meat Market april 14, 2017, 4:15 – 5:45 pm
»Rain Dogs and Stray Cats«, Kotobuki Cho, Yokohama may 15, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
»I was a Sleeping Tree«, Nishinari, Osaka may 24, 2017, 2:00  – 7:30 pm

Images inbetween  taken in: Tokyo: Sumida, Arakawa-ku, Kirigaoka, Mikawashima, Kotobuki-cho, Osaka: Ikuno, Konohana and Asaka, april and may, 2017