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1 / 6       Yoshinori Mizutani, Tokyo Parrots, 2013. © Yoshinori Mizutani.

2 / 6       Yoshinori Mizutani, Tokyo Parrots, 2013. © Yoshinori Mizutani.

3 / 6       Yoshinori Mizutani, Tokyo Parrots, 2013. © Yoshinori Mizutani.

4 / 6       During the visit to the exhibition Tokyo Parrots by Yoshinori Mizutani at Le Grenier. @ FPmag.

5 / 6       During the visit to the exhibition Tokyo Parrots by Yoshinori Mizutani at Le Grenier. © FPmag.

6 / 6       The exhibition Tokyo Parrots by Yoshinori Mizutani at Le Grenier Ancienne Corone in Biel.
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Tokyo Parrots

In Tokyo there should not be wild parrots. Yet the Japanese capital is overrun with these exotic birds that have elected the endless urban territory as their own habitat. The cause of this adaptation phenomenon is to be found in the massive import, which took place at the turn of the sixties and seventies, of parrots coming from India and Sri Lanka, as pets. Over the years, however, part of them have regained their freedom returning to the wild. «When I saw hundreds of parrots swarming in the sky – says Mizutani – I was seized with fear. I felt as if I had entered the film The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. Every morning swarms of parrots invade the elms near my home in Setagaya».
Beyond the meaning, which is fully integrated with the theme of adaptation, this exhibition is yet another demonstration of the great care taken by the organisers of the Journées Photographiques de Bienne/Bieler Fototage during the edition. The environment itself is extremely evocative, from the attic of an ancient tower it gives the viewer (even though the urban context of reference is diametrically opposed to that of the Japanese capital) the feeling of being right in the middle of one of the possible refuges chosen by the birds in the creation of their new habitat. This by Mizutani is probably the exhibition with the greatest aesthetic impact inside this edition of the Journées Photographiques de Bienne/Bieler Fototage. Not to be missed. [ S. I. ]

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TOKYO PARROTS
by Yoshinori Mizutani
Le Grenier Alte Krone | until September, 20h 2015
(from Wednesday to Friday, 2 pm - 6 pm | Saturday and Sunday, 11,00 am - 6,00 pm)
admission fee: day ticket CHF 20,00/15,00 (for students) | subscription CHF 30,00/20,00 (for students)

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published on 2015-08-30 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS

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