Yopparai Tengoku
Witness the 'drunkard's paradise' in a sober environment
By: Dan Grunebaum | May 30, 2012 | Issue: 949 | No Comments | 2,186 views

Photo by Kenji Kawamoto

Japan, as any visitor soon learns, is indeed a “drunkard’s paradise.” This is the literal translation of a new exhibition of photographs by young lensman Kenji Kawamoto. The inspiration for the series, Kawamoto says, isn’t to capture Japan’s decadence, but rather the culture of overwork and corporate devotion that leads salarymen to collapse on the street in drunken heaps. Another side to the story of obedience to corporate overlords and groupthink, the viewer may extrapolate, is the slavery to rules that creates a safe environment in which people can sleep in the streets unharmed.

Gallery Shuhari and M2 Gallery, until Jun 10 (listing).



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