Curator‘s Comments

Nishino Sōhei represents Tokyo with a collage of thousands of images he took as he explored the city. Some were shot at street level; others look down on the city’s avenues, alleyways, and train lines from high-rise buildings.

In Diorama Map Tokyo 2014, the physical features of the city appear in close approximation to their actual location; however, the effect is extremely disconcerting as Nishino fractures the topography and adds radical shifts in scale. He provides his viewers with clear images of many recognizable monuments—Tokyo Sky Tree, Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Tower, and Rainbow Bridge at the mouth of the Sumida River—but the overall effect is of a series of fragmented views, not unlike what one experiences moving through Tokyo’s urban spaces.

Diorama Map Tokyo

Sohei Nishino. Japanese, born 1982

Diorama Map Tokyo, 2014

Light jet print on Kodak Endura paper

Purchased with gifts in honor of Samuel C. Morse, Curatorial Consultant for Asian Art, 2000 2015

ID Number: SC 2014:55