The black and white studio still lifes of arranged flowers, dolls and dragon figures immediately open up Araki's major work themes: beauty and transience, desire and pain, life and death. These are topics that the artist has taken up cyclically over decades in his tireless creative drive, excessively exploring and developing them further. In his contrastful stagings, he not only transports us to traditional Japanese pictorial worlds, from ikebana flower art to Godzilla distopias, but also allows us a supposedly deep glimpse into his personal soul.
The »Daraku-en« still lifes are situated between Flowers and Jamorinsky from 2005-2006 and the ongoing Paradise series, both in terms of time and content.
The print is part of the two-venue exhibition ARAKISS in cooperation with WestLicht. Museum for Photography, from 19.05. to 01.08.2021. It can be dispatched only after the exhibition.
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