PROVOKE at the Bal – the instinct for real reactivated
Contemporary Art | With three groundbreaking issues between 1968 and 1969, PROVOKE review contested dominant photography’s power of representation, creating a breach in the Japanese artistic sphere.
Working in the field during a period of profound transformation and turmoil, photographers were driven to adopt a new esthetic. Raw, blurry and grainy (are, bure and boke), they develop a new language in line with contemporary protests denouncing American military presence in post-war Japan.
Opposed to ideological publications, the PROVOKE collective offers a subjective approach to society, camera in hand, developing an abstract esthetic to capture these moments of popular uprising. Working instinctively, photographers Nakahira, Takanashi and […]
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