MYSTERY STREET by Vasantha Yogananthan [SIGNED]

マグナムが主催する「30 UNDER 30」という、30歳以下の写真家30選にも選ばれたフランス人アーティストであり「CHOSE COMMUNE」の共同設立者でもある、ヴァサンタ・ヨガナンタン(Vasantha Yogananthan)の作品集。本作は子どもたちに始まり、子どもたちで終わる。子供が遊び、キラキラと笑い、空想にふけり、そして、そうなっていく。初めての北アメリカのシリーズにおいて、作者は若者の隣に立ち、視線を同じに合わせてものを見ている。




本プロジェクトは2023年5月から9月までパリの「アンリ・カルティエ・ブレッソン財団(Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation)」、2023年9月から2024年1月までニューヨークの「国際写真センター(International Center of Photography / ICP)」で展覧されている。両者の協力のもと、「エルメス財団(Fondation d’entreprise Hermès)」のフランスとアメリカにおけるフォトグラフィー・コミッション「Immersion」の一環として刊行された。

Mystery Street begins and ends with children. Children playing, beaming and daydreaming. Children becoming. In his first North-American series, French photographer Vasantha Yogananthan stands next to the youth and gazes at their level.

With this project, Yogananthan makes a return to documentary photography, yet frees himself from prescriptions and pushes beyond the frame of tradition. Mystery Street works both as a conversation with the real and an escape into multiple narrative possibilities. If this body of work is mainly composed of portraits, Yogananthan’s preferred genre, it is not intended as a comprehensive portrait of New Orleans.
Set under the burning sun of Louisiana, this body of work is a fable, it says something about reality, but uses crossroads. It is a comment on human behaviors and yet a transfiguration of the common.

Fragments of a lingering summer, Mystery Street provides us with a minimum of information about space, time, or place, aware of how some figuration bears great weight. In an effort to suspend or avoid overdetermination, he invites viewers to be caught by their own expectations. A turning point in Vasantha Yogananthan’s practice, Mystery Street takes a caring look at kinship, at the intersection of body and environment.

This body of work will be shown at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation (Paris) from May to September 2023 and at the International Center of Photography (New York City) from September 2023 to January 2024. It was produced as part of Immersion, a French-American Photography Commission of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, in partnership with the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and the International Center of Photography.

by Vasantha Yogananthan

REGULAR PRICE ¥9,900  (tax incl.)

164 pages
265 x 295 mm
limited edition of 100 copies for this signed edition


published by CHOSE COMMUNE