Zen Foto Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition, “orange elephant” by Hideka Tonomura from March 9 to April 2.
“orange elephant” follows her debut “mama love” (2008) and the subsequent “They called me Yukari” (2013). Her latest works again comprise monochrome and colour works, as Tonomura observes the fragility of her personal emotions and her life experiences, with her photographs in the spirit of lyric poetry.
Among these images, some are ambiguous while others are resolute, projecting her sentiment and the struggle for hope. Depression haunts us for a major part of our daily life. Perhaps it is a kind of salvation that we are able to live on. While waiting for death, hope is the only comfort. Fluid lights intersect within uncertain boundaries; the binaries of illusions and disillusions, happiness and depression, reveal the most intimate fragments of life that she encounters in private.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a photography book of the same title is newly published by Zen Foto Gallery. Designed by Hideki Nakajima in a limited edition of 700 copies.
From June 2, Hideka Tonomura’s “orange elephant” will also be exhibited at Galería About Art (Pontevedra, Spain).
Hideka Tonomura was born in 1979, in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture. She graduated from Osaka Visual Arts school`s broadcasting and filmmaking department, and started her career as a photographer in 2002. Tonomura’s major solo exhibitions include “Unlucky Family” (Nikon Salon, Tokyo & Osaka, 2004), “Tonomura Hideka Shageki-0305-” (Uplink, Tokyo, 2005), “mama love” (trunk gallery 82, Seoul, 2011) and “Then Called Me Yukari / mama love” (Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo, 2013). Her main publications are mama love (AKAAKA Art Publishing, 2008), They Called Me Yukari (Zen Foto Gallery, 2013) and orange elephant (Zen Foto Gallery, 2015).