Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 7 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Déjà Vu is the third show to launch under our Duality series. Pairing together the mixed media works of Japanese artist Kounosuke Kawakami and British artist Timothy Betjeman, explores the concept of recollections on two different scales: a personal level as visual memoirs, and a wider social context as collective amnesia.
The construction of memories and the related process of recalling, rewriting and forgetting, by a person or a society, define how history is written. Between Déjà vu there is only a fine line. By exploring the scope of memory held within a particular landscape, an architectural structure, or inscribed into an object, an installation or media images, Kawakami and Betjeman tread this fine line with equal measures of nostalgia and deliberation. The result is an alternative space for reflection and imagination.
Kawakami’s work is held in important collections around the world. Kawakami graduated with an MA in Fine Art from the Central Saint Martins College of Art And Design. His recent exhibitions include: OPEN 16, International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice Lido – San Servolo Island, Italy; Primordial Essence, Art Lab, Nagoya, Japan; Double Message, SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: From Interactive To Interpassive, Gallery Momo, Tokyo, Japan; Re-View, Identity Art Gallery, Hong Kong; The Echo, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Projektraum, Berlin, Germany; Beauty of Ruin, Identity Art Gallery, Hong Kong
Born in New York City in 1982 and based in London since 2006, Betjeman graduated with a BA in Visual Art at the University of Chicago and a post-graduate diploma in Drawing from the Prince’s Drawing School. His work is in the collections of HRH the Prince of Wales, Clare College, Cambridge University and various private collections. His recent shows include: Timothy Betjeman At All Saints Margaret Street, All Saints Church, London, UK; GlassScapes, Identity Art Gallery, Hong Kong; Re-View, Identity Art Gallery, Hong Kong; Blue Darling, George and Jorgen Gallery, London, UK.