IBASHO Gallery

IBASHO proudly presents an exhibition of Wanda Tuerlinckx, a Belgian photographer based in Amsterdam, who has created a fascinating series on ‘Androids’. Since 2015 and in collaboration with Prof. Erwin R. Boer, professor of Cognitive Robotics at Delft University of Technology, Tuerlinckx has traveled the world, mostly to Japan, to document the current robot revolution.

Today's industrial revolution gives us, for the first time in history, the opportunity to give a physical and perhaps even a spiritual shape to our inexhaustible imagination. Until recently, we were only able to create Humanoids, a human-shaped robot. Since Humanoids do not give us the sense of human identity, they are fairly quickly accepted in our society. However, the Android robots, that look like humans with human emotional facial expressions and movements, are sometimes fascinating but also terrifying as subtle imperfections in appearance make them seem eerie. Japanese robotics professor Masahiro Mori described this phenomenon in 1970 as “Uncanny Valley”. As the continuously accelerating technological developments continue to anticipate the ethical and social implications of robots in our society, we live with an increasing inner tension between acceptance and rejection.

By recording the unfolding robot revolution with a wooden camera from 1880, the time of the industrial revolution, Tuerlinckx brings the past, present and future together in one image.

In connection with the large retrospective exhibition in FoMu Antwerp of Issei Suda's works that starts on 7 May, we would like to present works by this very talented, but undervalued, Japanese photographer, who sadly died in 2019. In a small exhibition that starts on the first day of the Antwep Art Weekend (13 May) until 6 June, visitors can get further acquainted with the very recognisable style in which this street photographer recorded daily life in Japan over a period of nearly 60 years. Suda combined a pure appreciation of Japanese customs with a sharp investigative eye.

In his most famous series of work, 'Fushi Kaden' from 1976, Suda succeeded in capturing the extraordinary that exists within the ordinary. He received high praise for these photographs, that direct our gaze towards another world, and ever since he has continued to publish works that focus on familiar landscapes, commonplace festivals or customs, etc. He is ranked, not only in Japan but also abroad, together with other photographers whose style presents a uniquely Japanese development of the personal viewpoint, some of his work receiving attention for being peculiarly subjective, while simultaneously providing a new outlook on the standard images of Japan or Tokyo from an ethnological viewpoint.

'Hibi: fragments of daily life' contains 27 works in black and white in the front room of IBASHO. In the book shop the visitor can find several photo books by Suda.