With their works, the photographers Nakazato Katsuhito and Stefan Canham draw attention to the "human dimension" of 'home-made' architecture built by the occupants themselves and the palpable creative energy of these builders.
It is about the possibility of retaining sovereignty over one's own life in the appropriation of the living environment and its conscious design. Homes created by the individuals who live in them, built on a small, manageable scale, all too often, have to give way in our anonymous, extensively planned cities. The Japanese and German artists use the possibilities of an aesthetically sophisticated pictorial language to stimulate reflection on individuality and anonymization across national and cultural borders. These small beauty spots in the cities and what they express are the subject of both photo series. Canham's "Fango" shows a Lüneburg site of construction wagons whose exterior and interior spaces can be adapted to the needs of the residents (Mobile Squatters). Nakazato's "Portraits of Sheds" reflect the creativity of their makers and bridge the gap between old functionality and contemporary art objects.
Born in 1968 in England, he studied Film at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg, and has been working as a freelancer on documentary photo and television projects since 1995. His work 'Portraits from Above - Hong Kong's Informal Rooftop Communities', realized together with Rufina Wu, won the 5th International Bauhaus Award 2008, as well as the WYNG Masters Award 2012, and has been presented in numerous exhibitions in Europe, Asia and North America. Canham has published several photo books at Peperoni Books (Berlin).
Born in 1956 in Mie, Professor of Photography at the Tōkyō Zōkei University, Nakazato has published numerous photo books including 'Portraits of Sheds' (Media Factory, 2000), 'Wandering Back Alleys' (Seiryu Publication, 2004) and 'Tōkei' (Mokudosui, 2006). Since 2000 he has arranged photo exhibitions, installations and workshops in unusual locations such as terraced houses and factories, empty shops and old marketplaces, e.g. in Mukōjima (Tōkyō), Ōme (Tōkyō), Fuji-Yoshida (Yamanashi Prefecture), Naha (Okinawa Prefecture), Cappadocia (Turkey) and Leipzig.
© Artwork: Stefan Canham, Nakazato Katsuhito, © Photos oft the exhibition Lothar Sprenger