Stephanie Jung
The Vibration of Filigree Space

Motifs such as urbanity, identity, and anticipation placed at tension with cultural tradition stand at the center of the unique images of Japan by Stephanie Jung. Depicted are the everyday street and cityscapes of Tokyo, Shibua, Osaka, and Nara, which neither wish to appear as the superficial documentation of nature, nor an exotic local color.

Quite the contrary, the images resemble precise snapshots of the urban everyday, which seems to have been particularly shaped by the routine and quite flow of time. Yet precisely these matter of fact, basic notes are countered by an exceptional visual intervention on the part of the photographer. Taken directly from everyday life, they are coated with a vibrating texture of gradual shifts of perspective, intentional transparencies, and intense coloring. The optical dynamic formed in the eye of the viewer resembles a Cubist sleight of hand, a delayed fanning out of perspective. A random moment in city life is prolonged; the motif appears multiplied and like a repeating trace of itself. Precisely this dynamic vibration of space leaves the images with an imaginary but also visually convincing sense. They appear to be very individual, as it is precisely such non-descript structures as power lines, banners, lanterns, or car colors that become the form and constitute urban identity. That the shimmering texture in their filigree structure appears to be exceedingly harmonious does not seem to be a coincidence, as commentary on life in Japan.

Text by Stephan Reisner



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