Tomoko Yoneda: We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness

Not immediately inviting, Tomoko Yoneda's works require reading captions and some historical knowledge to grasp their meaning. Just like the title of her solo exhibition,We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness, at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, taken from “Nineteen Eighty-Four” by George Orwell, works of the renown journalist-come-photographer quote not too distant historic events by meticulously documenting remains of once significant sights. Whether it's abandoned Japanese houses in Taiwan, ruins of post-WWII Japanese presence in Sakhalin, or the beautifully photographed meeting spots of Soviet spies Richard Sorge and Hotsume Ozaki, we're presented with ambient stills left to fill the gaps in-between on our own. It's precisely in-between, when you put captions and images together, where Yoneda's works come to life, fired by our own realization. Through September 23d.

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