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A Murder of Crows

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The IBASHO Gallery in Antwerp presents a spellbinding series by Canadian photographer Guillaume Simoneau, on view from November 2 to December 1, 2019.

In this visual equivalent of a dark fairytale, Guillaume Simoneau explores the ambiguous and shifting figure of the crow: under the title of ‘Murder’ (referencing the collective noun for a group of crows) the Canadian photographer juxtaposes pictures from his childhood with a series of works created in 2016 and 2017. The project echoes the post-war masterpiece 'Karasu' (Ravens) by Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase, in which the enigmatic animal is presented as both a symbol of intimacy and an omen of turbulent times.

To photograph the series, Simoneau travelled through Japan – consciously retracing the steps of Masahisa Fukase by visiting and photographing in the same locations. However, in contrast to the existential anxiety expressed in Fukase’s ‘Ravens’, the Canadian photographer chose to interweave tropes of life and death into a new narrative in which vulnerability and power, light and dark, exist together in a tight embrace.

Guillaume Simoneau is a self-taught photographer. He currently divides his time between personal projects and commercial assignments.

The opening will take place on November 2, 2019 from 2 pm until 6 pm.

For further details visit IBASHO Gallery

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