On 29 March at 7pm CEST the Japanese visual artist Kensuke Koike will be at Fabrica for a lecture open to the public titled Re-Imagining Reality.
Kensuke Koike works at the intersection of photography, collage, and sculpture. In “Dear Friend” Koike deconstructs vintage photographs or postcards to create new images by cutting, pasting and reassembling by hand. Many of his works visually transform in utilizing the approach of “nothing added, nothing removed,” by rearranging pieces and parts into something completely reimagined.
Koike’s eye for the surreal reinvents found imagery into surprising and delightful objects. His “renewed” photographs challenge the viewer’s expectations with new associations that reveal humor, curiosity, absurdity, and beauty.
Kensuke Koike was born in Nagoya, Japan, in 1980 and is currently based in Venice, Italy. Koike has exhibited internationally, including the Postmasters Gallery in NYC, The Photographer’s Gallery in London and the IMA Gallery in Tokyo, among others.
Koike studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and at IUAV University, both in Venice, Italy.
Koike’s lecture is part of the “Archaism” residency program curated by Carlos Casas and it also includes a workshop on how to challenge conventional ways of thinking and seeing using the photography medium.