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Breda Photo – Songs from the Heart

11/09/2014 - 26/10/2014 @ SBK Breda

SBK is a proud participant of BredaPhoto international photo festival. Together with 11 other locations in the city, BredaPhoto offers a varied program, this time around the theme 'New Romanticism': the Romanticism of the 21st century.

For although the romantic ideals of authenticity, sincerity and uniqueness are more than two centuries old, these ideals are alive again today. During the festival, the selected photographers explore the field of tension around Romanticism as an art movement, as a lifestyle and as a term of abuse. During BredaPhoto, various works by the Japanese Taichi Gondaira and a video by Tessa van Thielen from Belgium can be seen at SBK Breda. Taichi Gondaira (JP) Ukiyo-E There is little left of traditional Japanese culture, says Taichi Gondaira (Japan, 1956). According to him, modern Japan is westernized. Traditional culture has been almost forgotten. The old Japanese traditions and way of life are disappearing." For example, the Wasoreijin – sophisticated women in gorgeous kimonos – have almost disappeared from the streets. Gondaira wants to capture this aspect of Japanese culture. He photographs the women in their time-honoured costumes. Their traditional hairstyles, the way they wear their kimono: it is the pinnacle of the classic Japanese ideal of beauty. Gondaira prints his photos as pure as possible by using platinum plates and printing them on the light and extremely fragile washi paper. He called his series Ukiyo-E (2014), a Japanese word whose meaning changed over time: from restlessness and transience to 'seize the day'. Tessa van Thielen (BE) Repeat after me, repeat after me. Many people have learned their second or perhaps even third language through this learning method. In the stop-motion film Repeat after me (2014), Tessa Van Thielen (Belgium, 1992) uses the same playful method to teach the viewer a series of natural concepts. A computer voice dictates words such as volcano, island, cosmos. About forty concepts are discussed. Paper shapes and simple images help you visualize these sometimes abstract concepts. The project arose out of her fascination for untouched nature, says Van Thielen. She noticed that nature is always spoken of in a very serious tone. Why this approach? “Isn't it better to drop this serious connotation?” she says. Van Heelen visualizes large abstract natural phenomena in a quirky and playful way. She studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.