Hatarakimono Project: A tape-o-graphic portrait documentary about the working japanese people
Rather than just a photographer K-NARF can be described as a "photograph maker".
Tape-o-graphs, fim-o-tapes, cinéstatics, photograffiti, repro-séquences, tube-o-scope, diapo-colors, etc. : K-NARF re-invents photography to create his own playful, imaginary and néo-vintage photographic world.
Manually processing his work with packing tape (+ anything from hardware or office supply stores) he applies the principles of “BRICOLAGE” to photography, a contemporary Art movement born in NYC in the early 2000’s and directly affiliated to the “READY MADE”, the “ARTE POVERA” and the “D.I.Y.”. His work plays with time and witnesses the transition period in between a recent analogue past and an extreme technological present.
During two years K-NARF will create a tape-o-graphic portrait documentary about the hard working japanese people [hatarakimono] he come to meet during local expeditions down the road of his studio in Tokyo. This project will then become a book and a traveling exhibition.
Each tape-o-graphic portrait is carefully Hi-Res scanned using one of the super advanced copy machine from any Tokyo convenient store (7/11 - SUNKUS - FAMILYMART). All portraits (more than a 100 different workers) will be presented in a book at the end of the one year production time.
TOKYO STUDIO_Sunday1:30PM HATARAKIMONO PROJECT a construction site manager Tape-o-graph +/- 600x300mm last month I asked this guy if I could take a photo of him and his team. For a few days they have been doing some sewage renovation work on the street down my studio. He said yes. The day after during lunch break I set up my portable studio in a small park narby and in 5mn the photo was done. One more portrait for my project. It happened that he could speak english so I briefly explained him more about my project of photographing japanese hard workers (Hatarakimono) over a period of one year to make a book and exhibition to go all around the world. He listen carefully and said thank you for having some kind of interest for workers like him and their work, then he left. 5mn after, as I was packing all my stuff I suddenly heard him calling me: he had brought 6 more guys from his team to have their portraits done as well. I love Japan! #hatarakimonoproject #knarfart #bricolageart #tokyo #photography #tapeography #artcollector #contemporaryart #tokyoart #japanesephotography #artproject
TOKYO STUDIO _ Wed.11:58AM The #hatarakimonoproject is to create, within a one year period, a tape-o-graphic portrait documentary of hard working people I come to see in the streets of Tokyo. I am expecting to create an extra-ordinary visual archive of more than a hundred portraits... and make a book and an exhibition that will tour the world in 6 cities. #hatarakimonoproject #knarfart #tokyo #tokyoart #artcollectors #contemporaryart #photography #tapeography #bricolageart #artiststudio
HATARAKIMONO: 5mn before they are at work, 5mn after they are back to work. The #hatarakimonoproject is about creating a tape-o-graphic documentary on workers I came to meet during local expeditions down the road of my Tokyo studio. After one year it will become a book and a traveling exhibition. #tokyophotography #tokyoart #knarfart #bricolageart #artcollector #tokyo
HATARAKIMONO PROJECT During one year I will make an extra-ordinary tape-o-graphic documentary with portraits of hard workers [hatarakimono] from the streets of Tokyo. It will then become a book and a traveling exhibition. #hatarakimonoproject #tapeography #bricolageart #knarfart #tokyo #tokyoart #tokyophotography
HATARAKIMONO _ Tape-o-graphic Portrait はたらきもの / 働き者 "HATARAKIMONO", is a special japanese word that describes a hard worker, �it's a very positive and proud term. There is no similar word like this one in french or english, it's typically Japanese. #hatarakimonoproject #knarfart #bricolageart #tokyophoto
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