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Daisuke Yokota

Daisuke Yokota - an interview in preparation of an article about his series 'site/cloud'

What is the inherent idea of your work of art? Do you have a specific underlying “story” that comes back in all your works?

I don’t prepare a clear story. I do establish a setting in terms of e.g. people and location. However it remains unclear who they are, what they are doing, where exactly they are, and when the scene takes place. As curator Nathanja van Dijk formulates: “They escape any definition of place and time.” I evoke this unspecified atmosphere, e.g. by hiding the person’s facial expression or the details of the location. By using this approach, I believe that the people who look at my pictures are able to “complete” them with their own personal memories and recollections.
Furthermore, the concepts of iteration and transformation are important in all my works. I use the effects of delay, reverb and echo (in photographic terms, developing the film ‘badly’). They might be a way t…

Ieva Epnere

In 2011 I met Latvian artist Ieva Epnere during the Open Studios of HISK (Higher Institute of Fine Arts) in Ghent. Epnere is one of those eclectic artists who feeds off several art mediums, especially photography and video art. In her studio her personal and genuine pictures of inhabitants of a little town Vaiņode (Latvia) caught my fancy. A man standing in the middle of his ruches. A countrywoman petting a healthy-looking auburn cow. A small teen standing in front of a wooden pavilion in the middle of an orchard. Her acerbic social observation of the life of “ordinary” people in the periphery attracted my interest. Time for a closer conversation - to feel and understand her better.
What is the inherent idea of your work of art? Do you have a specific underlying story that comes back in all your works?
The majority of my work is connected to people, and their relationships/behaviours. Since a child I was fascinated by observing people. Later on I started analysing and comparing social g…