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Land
2010

Land

Osamu James Nakagawa

BANTA – STAINED MEMORY (Japan, 2008)

Banta is the term for the impressive cliffs on the Japanese island of Okinawa. For years Osamu James Nakagawa carried with him the memories of the first time that he stood atop them. Their ter-rifying height and infinite history seem to take on still more power against the canvas of sky and sea. In 2008 Nakagawa returned to Okinawa to descend the cliffs and experience them from a dif-ferent perspective. The shadows that played over the cliffs, the white craters in the limestone and the inky black caves were ‘stark reminders of all that these cliffs had witnessed’. Ultimately he re-turned home with thousands of images. ‘As I re-shaped and re-experienced the original digital im-ages,’ says Nakagawa, ‘these cliffs became a metaphor for Okinawa’s history as well as digitally-manipulated, hyper-real visions of my experience standing between fear and beauty on Okinawa’s banta.’

  • BANTA – STAINED MEMORY (Japan, 2008)

    Banta is the term for the impressive cliffs on the Japanese island of Okinawa. For years Osamu James Nakagawa carried with him the memories of the first time that he stood atop them. Their ter-rifying height and infinite history seem to take on still more power against the canvas of sky and sea. In 2008 Nakagawa returned to Okinawa to descend the cliffs and experience them from a dif-ferent perspective. The shadows that played over the cliffs, the white craters in the limestone and the inky black caves were ‘stark reminders of all that these cliffs had witnessed’. Ultimately he re-turned home with thousands of images. ‘As I re-shaped and re-experienced the original digital im-ages,’ says Nakagawa, ‘these cliffs became a metaphor for Okinawa’s history as well as digitally-manipulated, hyper-real visions of my experience standing between fear and beauty on Okinawa’s banta.’

  • BANTA – STAINED MEMORY (Japan, 2008)

  • BANTA – STAINED MEMORY (Japan, 2008)

Traces & Omens
2005

Traces & Omens

Osamu James Nakagawa

MA - BETWEEN THE PAST (2003-2005)

A suitcase stood for years in the studio of James Nakagawa. His father had given him the suitcase shortly before he died. When he eventually gathered the courage to open it, he found a collection of films and photographs that his father and grandfather had made during their lives. Nakagawa interwove this material with photographs that he himself made over the course of time, to produce a visual family history spanning three generations. He called the work MA, after a Japanese term for the space between two entities - not only for the gulf between past and present, but also because of the division of his family history between America and Japan.

  • MA - BETWEEN THE PAST (2003-2005)

    A suitcase stood for years in the studio of James Nakagawa. His father had given him the suitcase shortly before he died. When he eventually gathered the courage to open it, he found a collection of films and photographs that his father and grandfather had made during their lives. Nakagawa interwove this material with photographs that he himself made over the course of time, to produce a visual family history spanning three generations. He called the work MA, after a Japanese term for the space between two entities - not only for the gulf between past and present, but also because of the division of his family history between America and Japan.

  • MA - BETWEEN THE PAST (2003-2005)

  • MA - BETWEEN THE PAST (2003-2005)

  • MA - BETWEEN THE PAST (2003-2005)

  • MA - BETWEEN THE PAST (2003-2005)

Biography

Osamu James Nakagawa (United States, 1962) was born in New York, grew up in Tokyo, and ended up in Houston when he was fifteen. There he took his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The International Museum of Photography and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, among others. Presently Nakagawa teaches photography at the University of Indiana. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his Okinawa project in 2009.

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Traces & Omens

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