March 8 – June 11, 2012
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is pleased to announce its first exhibition in our project space, Silent Existence by Tetsugo Hyakutake. This exhibition marks the one year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March of 2011. Over the years, Hyakutake has worked with Japan as the theme of his art, investigating pathos in relation to historical, social, and economic issues involving industrialization and urban and social development.
Japan has been suffering from the aftermath of the tremendous earthquake and tsunami that devastated vast areas in North eastern Japan on March 11, 2011. The disaster was an immense shock to the nation, and the quake and tsunami laid waste to entire towns and villages along the Pacific coast. Hyakutake chooses to work with contemporary issues in relation to their historical contexts. Through his artwork, Hyakutake create what he calls his own “truth” formed from the influences and experiences he has absorbed. His images attempt to portray only one version, but by doing so, he hopes to be able to bring out other meaningful “truths” that may lie deep inside the audience.
*Proceeds from the reception will be shared with the Japan Society for their Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.
** In partnership with Gallery 339 and Alan Klotz Gallery, PPAC will also be selling two disctinct prints by
Tetsugo Hyakutake during the course of his exhibition at PPAC. 100 % of the proceeds from print sales will go to the Japan Society.
Tetsugo Hyakutake was born in Japan. After working for Fujifilm Imaging in Tokyo, Hyakutake moved to Philadelphia and graduated from the University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, receiving the Promising Artist Award and Society for Photographic Education Mid-Atlantic Region Scholarship Award. In 2009, Hyakutake
obtained a Master’s Degree of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania where he was awarded a Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship. His work has been exhibited in Tokyo, Philadelphia, New York and Madrid. He is currently represented by Gallery 339 in Philadelphia and Alan Klotz Gallery in New York. Hyakutake’s work has been acquired for a number of notable corporate and public collections, including those of BlackRock, Fidelity Investments, the West Collection, and the Library of Congress.