Watanabe tries to scoop the images from the depths of his consciousness into photographs in this work. In [photographs of] real landscapes, such as the sea, the city, and vegetation, reality disappears, existing "not here, somewhere else". Both instability and beauty exist in the pictures such as the valleys between buildings with heavy air, dazzling lights surrounding hills, and so on.

At his solo exhibition "18 months" in 2013, Watanabe drew from memories to explore changes to his “everyday hometown” following its evacuation after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster. On the other hand, the series "Somewhere not Here" uses society as the subject, focusing on the ambiguous thing that appears and disappears underneath everyday life- "the sense of air in the world changes in a disturbing direction (extraordinary feeling), uneasy feelings, uncertain hope".

 

渡部はこの作品において、自らの意識の底にあるイメージを写真で掬い上げることを試みています。海、都市、草木など、実在する風景を撮影した写真からは現実感が消え失せ、一様に「ここではない、どこか別の場所」を暗示しているように見えます。重苦しい空気を孕んだビルの谷間、眩いばかりの光に包まれた丘などの写真には、不安定さと美しさが同時に存在しています。

2013年の個展「18 months」にて渡部は、福島第一原子力発電所事故で警戒区域に指定され、非日常化してしまった故郷を、自分の記憶に残る「日常の故郷」と静かに重ねるように記録しました。一方、今作『Somewhere not Here』において渡部が写真化したイメージは、日常を被写体としながらも、その奥底に見え隠れする不明瞭なもの-「不穏な方向に変化していく世の中の空気感(非日常感)や不安な感情、不確かな希望(渡部の製作メモ)」-に接続しているように感じられます。 渡部が覗き込んだのは、水面につかみどころのない希望が輝き、川底に得体の知れない不安が堆積した、現代社会を流れる川のようなものなのかもしれません。

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