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SELECTED WORKS BY Sohei Nishino

Diorama Of New York
Sohei Nishino
Diorama Of New York

2009

Light jet print

172.2 x 134 cm
Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
Diorama Of Paris
Sohei Nishino
Diorama Of Paris

2009

Light jet print

135 x 156 cm
If there were a presiding spirit over Nishino’s dioramas, it would have to be Italo Calvino’s Marco Polo, guiding us through Invisible Cities where the imagination takes over the job of urban planning from the rational architects and administrators. If anything, we are over-mapped today. Anyone with a screen can in a matter of seconds hone in on a country, a city, a street, a house, a doorway. It’s magic of a kind, I suppose, but then why does it so quickly wear off? Where is the wonder we feel when looking at medieval maps, when cartographers felt justified in filling terra incognita with imaginary islands and two headed-men?
Diorama Of Tokyo
Sohei Nishino
Diorama Of Tokyo

2009

Light jet print

136.5 x 137 cm
Nishino reinvests cities with wonder (and not incidentally cites 18th-century cartographer Inō Tadataka, who also did his surveys on foot, as an influence). Streets bustle, buildings tilt and sway (perhaps only an earthquake-sensitive Japanese could portray cities perched so precariously on the Earth). The old Cubists would have adored these maps: we look up while looking down; we look down… and see the sky. Nishino’s giddy maps remind us that cities, for all their giddy chaos, are at the core miraculous human achievements.

Text by William A Ewing

Sohei Nishino's BIOGRAPHY

Sohei  Nishino
Born in 1982, Hyogo, Japan
Lives and works in Tokyo



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2012
Solo show in Bergen, Norway - May/June

2011
The Diorama Map Series, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London

2010
Sohei Nishino, Roppongi Hills Club, Tokyo, Japan

2008
Sohei Nishino, EMON PHOTO GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Out Of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London
Elan Photographic, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
Helsinki Photography Biennial, Helsinki
Photo Espana, Madrid

2010 
EMON SELECTION Vol.1, Tokyo, Japan
Seoul Photo 2010, Seoul, Korea
ART HK 2010, Hong Kong
DAEGU PHOTO BIENNALE, Daegu, Korea

2009 
Canon New Cosmos of Photography,Osaka, Japan
TAMA VIVANT 2009, Tokyo, Yokohama, Japan
Paris Photo 2009, Art Fair, Paris, France

2008 
Dialogue with a city, Yokohama, Kobe, Japan

2006 
Canon New Cosmos of Photography, Sendai, Fukuoka, Osaka, Japan

2005 
JPS Young Eye, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Japan
Canon New Cosmos of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

2004 
Osaka University of Arts graduate final show, Osaka, Japan