Eye Camera Window: Takashi Homma on Le Corbusier

Curatorial statement by Louise Désy

Eye Camera Window: Takashi Homma on Le Corbusier presents Japanese photographer Takashi Homma’s visual interpretation of the window in Le Corbusier’s architecture. Between 2002 and 2018, Homma photographed Le Corbusier’s architecture in Europe and Asia, revisiting this fundamental element of the architect’s work while advancing his investigation of the photographic medium.

Sequences and clusters of photographs throughout this exhibition present the window as a spatial and perceptual motif while highlighting Homma’s observational process and questioning the act of seeing. Windows and other architectural openings shape the way we perceive space, and like photographs, are devices that frame views. By carefully imposing cuts, selecting points of view, and capturing details revealed by light and shadow, Homma plays with the constraints of the photographic frame, going beyond the act of witnessing the building. His photographs address the complex relationship between interior and exterior space, where architecture and landscape generate a new reality in which Le Corbusier’s architecture can be experienced, rather than simply seen.

Le Corbusier was himself a photographer, an enthusiastic image collector and visual communication expert, who integrated the principles of photography into his architecture. Homma’s photographs reflect and transcribe Le Corbusier’s approach to mediating space; by constructing views, they propose a new mode of seeing that elucidates the architect’s own thinking and theories of space. A selection of Le Corbusier’s original drawings from the CCA Collection emphasizes his concepts for the treatment of windows and openings to create views connected to landscape.

In 2013, Homma received a commission from the CCA to photograph the work of Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier in Chandigarh. His recent work, included in this exhibition, is part of the Windowology program initiated by the Window Research Institute, Tokyo.

The CCA wishes to acknowledge the financial endowment of Takashi Homma by the Window Research Institute and to thank the Fondation Le Corbusier for their collaboration.

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