by Kenji Hirasawa


Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo 2022

【Curatorial Statement】
Thermographic photographer Kenji Hirasawa has shown his deep and hyper personal work in Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo’s most public and commercial place. For a week his photographs were screened on three giant screens surrounding the world-famous landmark: Tokyo’s answer to Times Square. Although originally commissioned by Shibuya Fashion week, the work is all about substance rather than looks.

The three thermographic photographs—photo’s that show temperature instead of light—were revealed for the first time, 10 years after they were shot. They show the heat of the hand of his former lover in three stages. The first as a lover in his bed; the second is after her passing with the heat print of a relative left on her hand; and the third is after that heat print has cooled off. Each ten minutes this work on love and loss was shown for 15 seconds within a chaos of advertisements. Within these fleeting 15 seconds, they show how absence and coexistence are inseparably intertwined with heat. And how our perception of heat, substantiates our feeling of intimacy. The work is an homage to Félix González-Torres and his billboards showing an empty bed. ‘Thermomacy’ was curated by Vincent Ruijters, an artist/curator who researches ‘intimacy as aesthetics’.

15th – 22nd March 2022

【Screening Time】
Daily between 9:00 and 23:00, the artwork will be screening once between 5 to 10 minutes past the hour, every hour.

Q’S EYE | QFRONT, 21-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Shibuya station square vision | Shibuya station front building, 2-3-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo




Q’S EYE|東京都渋谷区宇田川町21-6 QFRONT
渋谷駅前ビジョン|東京都渋谷区道玄坂2-3-1 渋谷駅前ビル

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