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Artist Talk and Photograph Exhibition by Cary Markerink

Tokyo, Nagasaki, Japan

Mr. Markerink talks about his works.

In 2008, a Dutch photographer Cary Markerink shot Nagasaki prefecture taking atomic bomb as a theme for our photography project "European Eyes on Japan/Japan Today vol.10". He makes many photography works to try to capture the history and memory of the place in the past, which is behind the modern landscape that we see today. After almost a decade-long preparation, he published a photo-book titled "Memory Traces" in 2010, in order to depict the places that have "negative memories".
This time, he introduced his photographs taken in Nagasaki "European Eyes on Japan/Japan Today", and scenes of Sarajevo, Son My, and Chernobyl from "Memory Traces", then he talked about his thoughts on "memory", "landscape" and "Photography". His interlocutor Mr. Masaoki Yamamoto is a documentary television writer who reveals the history of Nagasaki. The discussion was very fruitful in terms of their common interest in "memory" and "history". Mr. Markerink also had two artist talk programs in Tokyo after Nagasaki. By curious coincidence, this program was held just after the earthquake in March and nuclear plant crisis in Fukushima, so audiences listened earnestly to him.



Artist Talk by Cary Markerink

  • Date: 28 Apr. 2011
  • Venue: KAPPA Gallery(inside of the pippo camera)


Photograph Exhibition by Cary Markerink

  • Date: 24 Apr. - 29 May 2011
  • Venue: GALERIE COCTÉAU(inside of the Café Mame chan)


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Cary Markerink

Born 1951 Medan, Indonesia, currently resident Amsterdam.
After studying painting and trying his hand in cinema, Markerink went on to study photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. In 1991 he was awarded the Maria Austria prize.
Markerink's work precisely rendering how Holland has changed over the years, depicted in such themes as post-war housing, expressways and urban planning on reclaimed land, has met with acclaim. Rejecting the stereotyped interpretations and simplistic humanism that the mass media are prone to, he turns his attention to the side-effects that social developments foist upon our visual perception. Markerink continually engages with new forms of expression, both in collaborations with Theo Bart and incorporating singular techniques unmindful of existing forms, such as employing texts by a sociologist or clips from an ordinary family photo album. From 1997 to 2001 he visited Chernobyl, Sarajevo, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and other locations burdened with traumatic histories to produce "Memory Traces". The photograph book of this project was published in 2009. Among public collections including his work are the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Wereld Museum in Rotterdam