It is also their first exhibition together.
The strange thing is, when entering the gallery, you might as well think all the works are made by one artist, albeit a very versatile one.
But soon you see the differences in character, in interest and in ways of seeing and working.
The unity is based on the presentation, which may look a bit radical for a photo exhibition, but it is also well staged and balanced.
The duo now make you take your distance, then make you feel part of the ensemble.
There are certainly great differences: Koyama’s work deals with the process of photographic reproduction itself while Kawashima might be called a lyrical photographer, constantly in dialogue with great natural forces.
The key to the success of this presentation is probably the deep respect they seem to have for each other’s works.
Aspects of both artist’s ideas come together in a communally made installation in the gallery’s basement.
Manipulation of algorithms seems to have become part of an artificial work which acts like an unpredictable natural situation.
But apart from these chic words, it is a show to be seen and to be experienced, so go and have a look for yourself somewhere this summer.
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© Villa Next Door 2017
Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and LhGWR, The Hague