“Photo-realism is a photography that loves the truth, expresses the truth, reveals the truth,” said Domon Ken. This “photo-realism” is precisely what is seen in the images that the renowned photographer captured so vividly throughout his career. For the first time outside of Japan, Rome’s Ara Pacis Museum awakens Japanese culture through Domon’s genius in their summer exhibit, Domon Ken, running from the end of May until mid-September.
The retrospective displays 150 photographs, snapped between 1933-1976. Themes emphasized throughout the showcase include the photographer’s fascination with Japan’s traditions, landscapes, industrialization, and militarization. In addition, Domon also exposed the often tragic reality of daily life in his native country, documenting the devastation of Hiroshima after WWII, and the poverty and homelessness of village children.
The photographs featured are all in black and white with the exception Domon’s landscape photos, which are in color. The exhibit highlights his most famous works, including Children of Chikuhō, Children in Kōtō, and Hiroshima.
The four monumental sculptures stand between 4 and 5 meters high, and are made of corten steel. Their proportions outside of Ara Pacis are a reflection of the precarious balance between the physical and existential condition. With this work Pepper explores the mystery of the natural form, affirming that the very existence of the sculptures lies purely in the spatial realm.
Museo of Ara Pacis
Lungotevere in Augusta, Rome
Till 18 September 2016
Open daily h 9.30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.
Ara Pacis Museum
€ 13 Full; € 11 Concessions;