The name of Alessandra Bonanotte is synonymous with professional photography. Born in Rome, but Japanese by “adoption”, her latest personal exhibitions include Dialogue – Form and Image, with Cecco Bonanotte, Hiro Gallery, Tokyo, 2013; Closer, Shokoji Temple, Tateshina, Nagano, 2013; The Light of Soul, Gallery Syokando, Kyoto, 2014 and Geometry of the Spirit, Eirakukan, Iga, Mie, 2015. Her Japanese Chiaroscuro photographs will be on display at the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo from Tuesday, 19th January to Saturday, 6th February. Promoted by the Institute in association with the Hiro Galley, the exhibition will open on Monday, 18th January at 6:30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall of the Institute of Culture, with an opening ceremony attended by the young artist.
“Japanese Chiaroscuro “
“Alessandra Maria Bonanotte’s photographs primarily portray nature, Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, craftsmen and their handicrafts, folk festivals and religious ceremonies. In short, traditional Japan. A world which – as the Italian Cultural Institute of Tokyo points out – has frequently been photographed but which Bonanotte’s images present through new eyes, restoring their sense and purity. Marking the 150th anniversary of relations between Japan and Italy – the Italian Institute underlines – this show represents a successful combination of Italian sensitivity and Japanese aesthetics”.