Laying Stones 052
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 052
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gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 051
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 051
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gelatin silver print
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2014
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Laying Stones 049
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 049
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2014
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Laying Stones 047
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 047
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gelatin silver print
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2014
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Laying Stones 048
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 048
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2014
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Laying Stones 046
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 046
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2014
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Laying Stones 044
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 044
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2014
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Laying Stones 045
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 045
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2014
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Laying Stones 042
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 042
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gelatin silver print
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2014
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Laying Stones 043
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 043
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gelatin silver print
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2014
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Laying Stones 041
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 041
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gelatin silver print
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2014
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Laying Stones 040
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 040
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gelatin silver print
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2014
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Laying Stones 039
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 039
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gelatin silver print
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2014
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Laying Stones 038
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 038
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gelatin silver print
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2014
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Laying Stones 037
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 037
medium:
gelatin silver print
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2014
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Laying Stones 035
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 035
medium:
gelatin silver print
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2014
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Laying Stones 036
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 036
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 033
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 033
medium:
gelatin silver print
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2014
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Laying Stones 032
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 032
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 031
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 031
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 028
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 028
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 025
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 025
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 022
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 022
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 024
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 024
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 023
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 023
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 021
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 021
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 020
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 020
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 019
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 019
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 018
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 018
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 017
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 017
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 016
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 016
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 014
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 014
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 015
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 015
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 012
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 012
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 008
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 008
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 006
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 006
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 005
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 005
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 004
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 004
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 003
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 003
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 002
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 002
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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Laying Stones 001
artist(s):
MUNEMASA TAKAHASHI
title:
Laying Stones 001
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
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IBASHO welcomes everyone to Munemasa Takahashi's solo show where we present his project 'Laying Stones' as well as 'The Lost & Found Project'.

The series 'Laying Stones' is a very personal series that Takahashi has created to overcome the grief he felt after the death of his best friend, Kazuto Hoshi. Stacking stones is a Japanese tradition based on a folk belief in that says that a child who dies before his/her parent, is punished by having to lay stones after stones, in the riverbed in front of the gate to heaven, only to be demolished by a demon. The parent who lost the child will help out the child by laying stones to alleviate the child's suffering. Takahashi started laying stones himself to find some closure after losing his beloved friend and meanwhile started started to take photographs of flowers, plants, the light and the body, the cherry blossoms, those subjects that will face the end and regenerate in a different form. A visit to a pilgrimage destination in Spain called 'The End of the World' which place felt more like the site of a beginning rather than the end to Takahashi. He realised that the exact same human activity of 'layering stones' held completely different meanings in two locations distant apart. One had a dark background, while the other, a bright background. He realised then that there are only two things we can do for the deceased loved ones. One is to bid farewell, and the other is to never forget. So instead of giving sad meaning to the action of laying stones, Takahashi believes it is important to pray that they departed to that somewhere where there is light.

IBASHO will also exhibit an installation of pieces from 'Lost & Found Project':
After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Takahashi became a member of the Salvage Memory project, a volunteer effort to recover nearly 750,000 family photos that had been lost in the town of Yamamoto in Miyagi prefecture, one of the towns worst hit by the tsunami. The project returned more than 430,000 photos to their owners and it’s still continuing presently. While many of the photos were returned, there were also too heavily damaged photos to be returned which were  thrown into a “Hopeless” box. Takahashi took these “Hopeless” photos and turned them into a traveling exhibition “Lost & Found Project” that aims to raise funds for tsunami survivors.