KONO, Yukihito (Kanazawa, 1989)The Cliff
Brighton, Jane & Jeremy 2023 - Prima edizione di 200 esemplari numerati (First edition of 200 numbered copies)
Black and white and colour photographs. 4 loose images between pages (14x9 cm). Enclosed original black and white photograph, signed and dated (12.2x8.5 cm)Cm 20x14,5, pp. 96 Rilegato (hardback) Perfetto (Mint)
Tojinbo in Fukui Prefecture, with its extensive columnar joints and turbulent ocean waves, is a natural treasure of Japan. As well as being a geologically engaging location it is also very much an emotional landscape, laden with mysticism and folklore – from a legend about a monk who was pushed off the cliffs, to a well known setting for classic suspense television dramas and sadly, as a suicide spot.
With the advent of photography, the distance between fact and image rapidly closed in. Even today, when AI is capable of generating fake images in real time, we continue to have faith in it and can be goaded by images. What Kono attempts here is to open up the uncertainty of the image once again. He connects various materials related to Tojinbo loosely with photographs he shot. Depicting the shifting image of Tojinbo, The Cliff examines the possibility of the image and the things that can be rewritten because of their ambiguity and fluidity.