Paweł Jaszczuk – Kinky City

08.11 - 14.12.2014

The Western belief that the body is a source of sin has never caught on in Japan. The concept of clean/unclean does not exist. Sex, eroticism, pornography — all this is a part of life, art, a natural human need, which in Japan is not subject to moral evaluation. Whatever you do with your body is your own business.

Latex bodysuits, school uniforms, dolls that look like people and people dressed as dolls, young girls wearing masks of anime characters, metal hooks piercing the bodies — this is just a small sample of the night games played by thrill-hungry Japanese. Tokyo has the so-called happening bars — ostensibly regular hang-outs, as everywhere else, the only difference being that the patrons all are naked.

Photographing these places took the artist three years. He would get up at night, grab his bike and start the search. Hundreds of kilometers across sleeping Tokyo. You cannot just walk into such a club. First you need to find such a place, next you need someone who would introduce you in. The club owner must agree to taking pictures and next, you need the consent of the persons whom you want to photograph. First you always need to talk. The photogra- pher must become an invisible part of the club, only then he will go unnoticed. The models bare themselves before the camera, reveal their secrets. During the night they pretend, play games, dress up, turn into somebody else. When the morning comes, they will cover their huge tattoos, wounds, holes in the flesh made by the hooks, bruises with an elegant suit or stylish dress.

During daytime, Paweł Jaszczuk worked, among others, for Sony Music Japan. He cooperated with the well-known Japanese DJ Takkyū Ishino (who has given shows also in Poland), with artists such as Ukawa Naohiro and Kenji Shimamura. He took fashion shoots for magazines and companies, including the British TOP SHOP or the best-known Australian shoe company, the UGG. He also worked with the Polish magazine Twój Styl.

But commercial photographs had a major drawback for him – they are short-lived. For the Artist it is the large format that matters, the exhibitions. He had quite a lot of these. Germany, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, China, Japan – to name just a few countries. The British „HUH. Magazine” praised him for always showing the raw, unretouched faces of the characters. Texts about Paweł and his work have been published in the British Journal of Photography, the French Photo Magazine, the German Nude Paper, American Carpicious Magazine or the Chinese Glob- al Times. In 2009, the US-based publishing house Morel Books issued a a limited edition of Jaszczuk’s photobook: “Salarymen”. The whole print-run sold out in a matter of days. Amon others at the most famous Paris boutique, Colette.

Curator: Rafał Łochowski
Producer: Jarosław Szamborski
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