光の指紋 : The Fingerprints of Light [solo]

Cafe FARO, Tokyo JP

14 - 23 June 2019

"...Hyunjoo Cho takes an interest in light’s own role in this process. In the era of computer-aided image manipulation, where artists can easily replicate the effects and presence of light, Cho stands apart. She dares to ask what light has to say for itself, what compels it to record its presence on our collodion plates, our plastic negatives, and our liquid crystal. Her works focus on where light reifies its own presence without the aid of metallic substrate: where a mirage manifests on a glass windowpane, where shadows turn stucco walls into unknown landscapes, and sunlit expanses undermine depth perception. Photography once constituted light announcing and marking its physical presence: Cho pays tribute to that, by using the digital to document the physical, bringing photography in a conceptual full circle. She points to the fingerprint of light—hikari no shimon—reminding us that it remains despite that the rest of the photographic world has chosen to overlook it."

Trevor Menders (curator of the exhibition) in the Introduction