Japanese provocateur Nobuyoshi Araki has unveiled his latest exhibition, “The First,” which is being hosted in Hong Kong by international art platform APPortfolio. The works exhibited include examples of Araki’s signature large-scale photography and Polaroid prints.
The show also includes the photographer’s very first sculptural work. Made in collaboration with sculptor Keith Wong, the handmade sculptures bring the drawings in Araki’s 1995 book Dotei Datcho-Kun to life. One of the highlights is Araki’s elephant piece DELON-kun, which the artist says represents man’s sexuality.
The opening of the exhibition included a performance piece demonstrating the traditional Japanese bondage practice of kinbaku, a cornerstone of Araki’s work that in English can be translated as “tight binding.”
Ahead of the exhibition, we caught up with Araki, who gave us a behind-the-scenes look at his collaboration with Wong and discussed his life-long fascination with elephants. Watch it below.
Today was the last day of ‘The First,” which was exhibited for just three days. Head to APPortfolio’s Instagram to see more of what went down.