Ten years after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Daiichi, we are delighted to hold a solo exhibition by the Munich-based artist Robert Voit, who has been traveling to Fukushima year after year since the disaster, documenting its aftermath. At the same time, Robert Voit started to portray Mount Fuji. This show presents both facets of the Japanese present, the long-term consequences of the disaster and the timeless appearance of Mount Fuji.
Writes Pico Iyer in his essay for the catalogue: 'It is the rare artist who, contemplating the ruins after the tsunami, can see that in Japan especially, they represent only half the picture. The other half is that snow-capped peak, in memory or imagination, which never moves. To put the steadiness of Fuji against the flux of life (...): that seems to me just about the heart of Japanese existence.'
Robert Voit, b. 1969, first studied with Gerd Winner at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich before becoming Thomas Ruff's master class student at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2001. From 2011 to 2013 Robert Voit taught as a lecturer and guest professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. With New Trees (Steidl, 2014) and The Alphabet of New Plants (Hatje Cantz, 2015), he presented two highly acclaimed monographs, each of which was awarded the German Photo Book Prize in silver. Robert Voit has received numerous prizes, including the Sophie Smoliar Award (2000), the European Architecture Photography Prize (2003), the hausderkunst Prize (2004) and the sponsorship of the International Lake Constance Conference. He has also held the photographer residence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the artist residence La Brea Matrix in Los Angeles. His work is held in various public and private collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, the New York Public Library, the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, the Fotografische Sammlung, Munich, Lenbachhaus, Munich, and the DZ Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt, Germany. Robert Voit lives in Munich.
Press release courtesy Galerie—Peter—Sillem.