Charcoal
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Charcoal
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
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42 X 59,4 cm: edition of 8 
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Wood Saw I
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Wood Saw I
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
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Earth, Water, Fire
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Earth, Water, Fire
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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Shaving Metal
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Shaving Metal
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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Drying Washi Paper
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Drying Washi Paper
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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42 X 59,4 cm: edition of 8 
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Earth and Water II
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Earth and Water II
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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42 X 59,4 cm: edition of 8 
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Drying Washi paper II
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Drying Washi paper II
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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42 X 59,4 cm: edition of 8 
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Iron Kettle Template
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Iron Kettle Template
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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Bound
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Bound
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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Crane
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Crane
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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Knife for Tatami Straw
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Knife for Tatami Straw
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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Old Book of Shinto Rituals
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Old Book of Shinto Rituals
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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Wood Saw III
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Wood Saw III
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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42 X 59,4 cm: edition of 8 
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Melting Pot
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Melting Pot
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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Clamp for Casting
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Clamp for Casting
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
dimensions:
height 300mm x width 800mm — height 11.81inch x width 31.50inch
editions:
Edition of 8
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Keta for Making Washi
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Keta for Making Washi
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
dimensions:
height 300mm x width 800mm — height 11.81inch x width 31.50inch
editions:
Edition of 8
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Drying Washi Paper III
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Drying Washi Paper III
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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42 X 59,4 cm: edition of 8 
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Large Camera
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Large Camera
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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Filtering Urushi
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Filtering Urushi
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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Earth and Water I
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Earth and Water I
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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Notes and Template
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Notes and Template
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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Clouds
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Clouds
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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In the air
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
In the air
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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Iron kettle
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Iron kettle
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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Benrido II
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Benrido II
medium:
Collotype print by Benrido Kyoto
date created:
2017
dimensions:
height 300mm x width 350mm — height 11.81inch x width 13.78inch
editions:
Edition of 8
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Benrido I
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Benrido I
medium:
Collotype print by Benrido Kyoto
date created:
2017
dimensions:
height 300mm x width 350mm — height 11.81inch x width 13.78inch
editions:
Edition of 8
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Saw II
artist(s):
KALLEN YAN
title:
Saw II
medium:
Archival pigment print on Awagami Bizan handmade paper with deckled edges
date created:
2017
editions:
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In his solo-exhibition 'In Between the Light and Darkness', Hong Kong artist YAN Kallen pays tribute to the passion and processes of the craftsmen and artisans in Kyoto. 


YAN has always been interested in the relationship between human and nature. After winning the KG+ Award from Kyotographie International Photography Festival in 2016 with his project on handcrafted brooms, he was given the opportunity to realise a project on the artisanal scene of Kyoto, a city known for its traditions in crafts and culture.


YAN about his experiences while living amongst the Kyoto artisans for six months and visiting them as often as he could:


“It was fascinating to watch the artisans at work, making things in the traditional methods and using tools that are sometimes passed down for generations. In the process of observing them, I slowly recognise that it is not simply a matter of livelihood, or continuation of traditions. Their artisanal culture represented a way of life, an attitude for living in this world, driven by the passion for the crafts, and to be making and to live with these artifacts.

From the sacred Hinoki timber for Shinto Shrines, to flowers used that naturally dyed fabrics, or the river running through the washi paper village, to the earth that is burned into tea bowls, in all the elements lie the respect and balance between human and nature, something which we have seemly lose in our modern life. There is something special about the way of the tools, the natural environment, the spiritual aspects, the processes and techniques, the family pride and legacies, and the value of the artisan community to the fabrics of the city of Kyoto.”


The title ‘Between the Light and Darkness’, describes the span of a lifetime, but also the reality of everyday, of repetition, of days and nights, and legacies, a moment in time, a photograph, a print.


YAN prints his images on thick handmade Washi paper with deckled edges, giving them a sense of timelessness as well as furthering the feeling of respect towards the physicality of the artisanal crafts.