by Kenji Hirasawa


Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo 2022

【Curatorial Statement】
Kenji Hirasawa, a photographer working mainly with thermographic photography, has presented his deep and hyper personal work in Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo’s most public and commercial place. For a week his thermographic 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 more about substance rather than looks.

10 years after they were shot, the three thermographic photographs—photo’s that show temperature instead of light—were revealed for the first time. They show the heat of the hand of the artist’s former lover in three stages. The first stage is as a lover in his bed; the second lying inside a coffin after her passing; the third shows her cool hand and the heat that is transferred onto it from her mother’s hand, after her mother had held it.

Each hour this tranquil work on love and loss was shown for 30 seconds within a chaos of advertisements. Within these fleeting 30 seconds, the artworks 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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