Thursday, 10 November 2011

Mekong Delta video by Ken Matsubara

"I shot this image at the muddy river in the area of Mekong Delta in Vietnam. I had image of the children floating up stream in the river just like a rising up to heaven. 
The river brought nutrition from mother earth with muddy water. The big and calm stream shows us strong power as the father and tenderness as the mother. The water always has both sides of the coin, the fear and the tenderness". Ken Matsubara

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Pics from setting and opening

The opening of Ken Matsubara exhibition in Venice was a great success, among the guest there where also the famous artist Fabrizio Plessi and Bernanrdì Roig, and many friends from all over Europe.
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Monday, 24 October 2011

Ken Matsubara Opening October 27 at 6.30 pm

We are glad to invite you at the opening of the exhibition

Ken Matsubara
Winter Dreams, The Story of Water
Spazio Lightbox
Thursday 27th of October
6.30 pm

The exhibition in produced in collaboration with:
MA2Gallery, Tokio

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Please book your private visit to the exhibition by calling:
+39 393 9635253 or +39 041 2411265

Spazio Lightbox, Cannaregio 3831, 30121 Venice T. +39 041 2411265

Friday, 14 October 2011


We are different age, different culture, but we can share with others. 
Here are some images which are left behind in disaster area. 
Overlapped each memory, we human being needs them.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The story of our encounter

Lightbox Space opens on October 27, 2011 with the Italian first exhibition by Japanese artist Ken Matsubara.

Sometimes meeting someone is the result of a concatenation of causes and effects which seem to suggest us that, after all, everything has already be written.
When we first met Ken Matsubara in Volta, during Art Basel in June, his work seemed perfect to us to represent the journey that Lightbox decided to start in its own space in Venice. Ken was excited about our invitation and he immediately began to prepare the exhibition.
Ken Matsubara is well-known in Japan and the U.S. for his work fed by images related to the many faces of both personal and collective memories.
The photographs and video clips used in his installations seem to resurface from a recent past or a familiar remembrance, emerging from an old garret full of memories.
Ken revitalizes these images in his works, making them an active part in the building of a present time. His installations stand out and never leave us indifferent, because they touch the strings of our collective
In this very special year for Japan, struck by the recent tsunami, the memory faces that emerge from water, specifically made for Lightbox in Vietnam, take on even more emotive and emotional sense and lyrically tie themselves with the inexorable fate of Venice.
The sense of vertigo of a world on the brink of apocalypse creates a deep disorientation. Therefore, memory plays a fundamental role.
The story of our origins helps us to find our place in the world. The images of past concur to slowly focus a possible present identity; they guide us in this effort, after identifying and then connecting the
dots of a dematerialized world.
Ken Matsubara’s boxes carry both the loss and the rediscovery of a “Self” in constant search of its sense. Many moving images, such as the smoke clouds in the series Winter Dream - Cloud, appear as excerpts from a world of dreams. Dreams are also other traces of our history, echoes of other lives lived by fragments of ourselves.
Therefore, in Ken Matsubara’s works we can find tracks to try to make sense of the fate of the world, of the History that unites all people on Earth who are united by a common fate, under the same sky, flooded by the same waves.

Mara Sartore
Venice, September 28, 2011

If you are interested in the exhibition catalogue, please download your copy at this link: "Ken at Lightbox catalogue"

Italian version "Ken a Lightbox catalogo"

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The Winter Dream, The Story of Water

The japanese artist Ken Matsubara, exhibit his art pieces and video installations for the first time in Italy.
The exhibition will open on the 27th of October 2011 at 6.30 pm and will go on until the 27th of November.

Ken Matsubara uses photos, movies, objects and collages to awaken the depths of people’s memories. While roaming through time and space, a sea of memories float to the surface.
In this way, Ken Matsubara uses his individual experiences in his work. Yet, beyond his own memories he has interest in the commonalities that exist in races and generations. He thinks perhaps this is from the mitochondria, the microorganism of the human race, like an endless DNA that is copied and inherited in memories.
Now in the debris of the Tohoku earthquake in Japan, many people have lost their lives and many are still being searched for. As people search through the rubble they are finding items that they hold dear to their hearts, there lies a symbolic moment in which people will form lasting memories.
In that instance, family albums have been found. So how do we form memories? From
symbolic moments such as finding items that people hold dear to their hearts.
Ken Matsubara would surely like to share these memories with the future generations.
Then steadily, through the study of tragic memories with people he dreams of the day
those memories can be overcome.

The exhibition is produced by Lightbox in collaboration with MA2 Gallery
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