by Ferdinand on January 24, 2011
The first presention of our exhibition Ken Kitano “Our Face” in Germany received very positive reviews at the Koelner Stadtanzeiger and the Koelnische Rundschau:
Thomas Linden writes in the Koelnische Rundschau, Dec. 30, 2011:
Sophisticated Portrait Collages at Galerie Priska Pasquer
The result [of the multi layered portraits] is permeated by a ghostly realism. Usually portraits have – in contrary to all other photographic genres – the characteristic that they meet our gaze. We are being watched, but never with such a hypnotic intensity like in the image of Ken Kitano.
Damian Zimmerman writes in the Koelner Stadtanzeiger, Jan. 6, 2011:
Average is Beautiful
Galerie Priska Pasquer exhibits Photographs by Ken Kitano
The black and white portraits by the photographer, born 1968 in Tokyo, are of mystic beauty. They are crystal clear and mysterious, because the viewer can’t trust his eyes. Because his images are not painted – but strictly speaking they are not photographs neither.
For Ken Kitano it is all about individuality and the power of group membership alike. Though first of all it is about the authority of the group in contrast to the all engulfing globalization [...]. In a sense Kitano is seeing himself in the tradition of August Sander and his typology of the people of the Weimar Republic [...]. However this is only the theoretical background. Aesthetically his images have a complete different dynamic.