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Seiichi Furuya - First Trip to Bologna 1978 / Last Trip to Venice 1985

Seiichi Furuya - First Trip to Bologna 1978 / Last Trip to Venice 1985

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En 1973, Seiichi Furuya quitte le Japon pour l’Europe à bord du transsibérien. Arrivé en Autriche, il s’installe d’abord à Vienne avant de déménager à Graz où il rencontre Christine Gössler en 1978. Très rapidement, il commence à la photographier, dans l’intimité de leur domicile à Graz mais aussi lors de séjours à l’étranger — en Allemagne, au Royaume-Uni, en Italie…et au Japon, leur destination la plus lointaine. Christine étudie l’histoire de l’art avant de travailler comme réalisatrice de programmes documentaires pour la radio. Après la naissance de leur fils en 1981, elle s’immerge dans le monde du théâtre. Alors qu’elle se dévoue à ses cours de théâtre, elle commence à montrer des signes de schizophrénie. Christine se suicide à Berlin Est en 1985.

Depuis la disparition de Christine, Furuya n’a cessé de revisiter son archive. Cette démarche se présente sous forme d’une série de cinq livres intitulés Mémoires, publiés entre 1989 et 2010, et de Face to Face, livre publié par Chose Commune en 2020. En 2018, Seiichi Furuya a retrouvé des bobines de films super 8 dans son grenier, dont une du premier voyage qu’ils ont fait ensemble quelques semaines après s’être rencontrés, à Bologne en 1978. Pour tenter de se souvenir d’un voyage qu’il a complètement oublié, Seiichi Furuya a réalisé des arrêts sur image à partir du film, cadre par cadre. Ces images ont donné naissance à la nouvelle série First Trip to Bologna 1978. À l’occasion de la publication de cette série, Chose Commune publie dans le même livre une nouvelle version de la série Last Trip to Venice 1985 que Seiichi Furuya avait auto-publiée en 2002. Ce travail présente une sélection de photographies du dernier voyage de Seiichi et Christine, avant que Christine ne se suicide.

Photographies et arrêts sur images : Seiichi Furuya
Direction éditoriale : Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi
Design : Bureau Kayser
Reliure souple otabind
16,5 x 24,4 cm
192 pages
122 arrêts sur images
39 photographes
anglais / français / japonais / allemand
Date de publication : 10 mars 2022
ISBN : 979-10-96383-29-0

In 1973, Seiichi Furuya left Japan for Europe on board of the Trans-Siberian train. He arrived in Austria where he first settled in Vienna, before moving to Graz where he met Christine Gössler in 1978. From this day forward, he started photographing her, in the intimacy of their home in Graz but also during their travels abroad — to Germany, England, Italy…and Japan, their most distant destination. Christine studied art history and worked for the radio, making documentary programs. After the birth of their son in 1981, she became increasingly involved in the world of theatre. As she was devoting herself to her acting lessons, she started to show signs of schizophrenia. Christine committed suicide in East Berlin in 1985.

Since Christine’s disappearance, Furuya has never stopped revisiting his archive. This initiative was presented in a series of five books entitled Mémoires, published between 1989 and 2010, and in Face to Face, published by Chose Commune in 2020. In 2018, Seiichi Furuya found super 8 film rolls in his attic. One of them was a recording of the very first trip he made with Christine, in Bologna in 1978 a few weeks after they had met. As an attempt to remember a trip he had completely forgotten about, Seiichi Furuya started extracting stills from the film, frame by frame. These images compose his new series First Trip to Bologna 1978. Together with this series, in the same book, we are releasing a newly edited version of Last Trip to Venice 1985, which was first self-published in 2002. This series presents photographs from Seiichi and Christine’s very last trip, before Christine took her own life.

Photographs: Seiichi Furuya
Editorial direction: Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi
Design: Bureau Kayser
Softcover otabind
16,5 x 24,4 cm
192 pages 122 film stills 39 photographs
English / French / Japanese / German
Publication date: 10 March 2022
ISBN : 979-10-96383-29-0

© Chose Commune

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