Ariño Israel

The Okama Paradox

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  • Israel Ariño and Clara Gassull
  • Ediciones Anomalas (2022)
  • 175 copies
  • Design: underbau
  • 23 x 28cm. 24 pages

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"In 2019, thanks to an exhibition at the Tosei Gallery in Tokyo, I had the opportunity to visit Japan for the first time, curious to discover a culture I only knew from books and to walk in the footsteps of photographers I admire: Issei Suda, Shoji Ueda, Nakaji Yasui...
Japan allowed me to immerse myself in a threefold experience: life, photography and travel.
I didn't want to make a documentary, but to explore a new, different visual language, going back to the origins of photography: form, light, tones... Ultimately, I wanted to evolve, explore other possibilities, broaden my fields of research.
So I tried different procedures. Rather than focusing on the visible, I looked for the invisible: the moments of contemplation, those when nothing happens, the forms that take us back to original elements, the tiny clues that suggest a much wider reality.
Confronting the richness of this culture was a privilege. I felt like one of those first travellers in search of a personal adventure, discovering a country for the first time.
Perhaps dreaming of an ideal image was the aim of my investigation. Then I remembered a passage from Clara's notebook: they say that right here, where you are, is the Okama crater, but if you can't see it, how can you be sure it exists?"