Vanishing Sights

João de Mendonça Lima Neto

  • Fri, Nov 22 - Fri, Nov 29 2019
    Closed on weekends
  • 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Opening Reception
    Sun, Nov 22, 19:00–21:30
  • Free entrance

From November 22nd, UltraSuperNew Gallery will proudly present “Vanishing Sights,” a solo exhibition by João de Mendonça Lima Neto

During his travels, Mendonça had the opportunity to go where nature is still unspoilt and went on to develop his signature aesthetic photography style. In some cases, he ventured to places unknown; in others, to places already taken over by spurious ‘civilization’. Nature, being one of the oldest subjects in photography, is nevertheless still relevant today. Nature and landscape photographers appeared on the art scene in the latter half of the 19th century, and made it their intention to provide an authentic portrayal of reality, yet still trying to mimic nature depictions in paintings. These days, as a result of modern day technology, the accessibility of nature photography has drastically increased. Nature photography serves as a way to remind us of the allure of the outside world and that it is something we must all deem as valuable. 

The photographs presented in this exhibition are an ode to nature’s beauty. Beauty as the universal aesthetic judgement that leads to the photographs themselves. In other words, the photographs are not a product of an accidental moment. The act of photographing is just the beginning, a first movement; the second comes from using different applications to find a balance that matches an aesthetic view. The photographs are about vanishing sights of places and peoples.

Mendonça will introduce a series of black and white photographs; focusing on transient landscapes and faces he has encountered during his travels throughout Asia. Explore his story with us at UltraSuperNew Gallery in Harajuku from Friday the 22nd of November, 7:00pm to 9:30pm.

Artist Profile

As a Brazilian ambassador, João de Mendonça Lima Neto has been based in Vietnam, China, the United Arab Emirates, and since 2018, Japan. He is the author of Promoção do Brasil como Destino Turístico (2002), Programas de Geração de Emprego na China (2004), and the biography Ho Chi Minh (2012), in which he depicts the story of a leader who was the founder of the first country to become independent in Asia, Vietnam.