Katsumi Omori: Everything happens for the first time

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Today I would like to introduce Katsumi Omori’s exhibition which was held in a south London
district called Brixton between August 19 -September 2, 2011. The text is by Sayoko Nakahara
who curated the exhibition.

Today I would like to introduce Katsumi Omori’s exhibition which was held in a south London district called Brixton between August 19 -September 2, 2011. The text is by Sayoko Nakahara who curated the exhibition.



展覧会オープンの10日前には暴動が起き、3日前には駅前が火事になるという、トラブル続きだったブリクストン。とはいえ素顔は、アフリカやカリブ系の移民が多く住み、エキゾチックなマーケットや老舗のジャズパブなどもある、ロンドン南部の活気溢れる街。その一角で、大森克己氏の英国初個展「Everything happens for the first time(すべては初めて起こる)」が行われました。

With riots 10 days before the opening of the exhibition and a subsequent fire 3 days before the

opening, Brixton was dealing with more than enough problems. Nonetheless, south London was

still the same –filled with immigrants from African and Caribean ethnic backgrounds, exotic

markets and historical jazz pubs, a very lively and animated city. That was where Katsumi

Omori’s exhibition “Everything happens for the first time” was held.


The exhibition was on his ongoing cherry blossom project from 2001, focusing on photos

of cherry blossoms taken after the earthquake, starting from his home in Urayasu to Tokyo,

Hirono, Minami-Soma, IItate, and to Fukushima. The exhibition in other words, was a reception, three months after his initial trip. 


Every photo included bits and pieces of the aftermath left by the tsunami as well as locals

passing by, with pink halation from reflected off the cherry blossoms. Martin Burns, curator of

Victoria & Albert Art Museum, commented on the photos at a pre-event at Japan Foundation

London, referring it as “poetic documentary”.


The first room had 12 pieces of full print pictures and 60 wallet-sized photos on the facade. The

mysteriously charming Japanese landscapes must have appeared surreal to many Londoners. 


The back room consisted of a silent slide projection, limiting one picture to one minute. The

slide is presented in a chronological order according to his trip, ending with the luminous green

leaves of the cherry trees and the Shibuya station. 

(C) Katsumi Omori Courtesy of 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning


The cherries blossomed and scattered regardless of the crisis, and the usual blazing summer

arrived again. This exhibition of poetic still life pictures will be posted on Mayonaka No. 14

and Brutus No. 715. The same exhibition can be seen in Japan in December at the Pola Art

Museum Annex in Ginza.

(text by Sayoko Nakahara, Exhibition Curator)

Katsumi Omori: Everything happens for the first time


198 Contemporary Arts and Learning

198 Railton Road, London

Written by iseki ken

2011/09/08 at 16:33

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