Galerie Pierre-Yves Caar, in partnership with American Express


A cross-examination with the Japanese painter Akira Kugimachi during an exhibition at galerie Pierre-Yves Caar, in partnership with American Express.

Today we live in a disruptive age, made up of innovations, fractures, openness to the world, clash of cultures. The West and Modernity are coming to the end of their logic: loneliness of the individual, impasse of rationalism, bankruptcy of Progress. Finally, the ongoing ecological catastrophe calls into question this "humanism" which has arrogated the right to place Man at the centre of Nature. What right, for that matter?

On the one hand Akira Kugimachi proposes to "revisit the landscape as nature", in the words of Sally Bonn, as if we could remove the subjectivity of the human gaze. At the same time he plunges us into a plant universe that confines ourselves to abstraction. Thus it brings out a primitive memory from a futuristic point of view. Through this double movement he suggests current questions about climate and the human future.

On the other hand Luc Dognin questions the work of the craftsman in his ability to regain an emotion, a feeling of fullness, transcending matter in the spirit of the crafts of Art, while investing the stakes of the time: innovation, ecology.

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