Select Images from Mateo Hevezi’s Photography Collection Titled “AGNOSCO – Spirits Among Us” Runs Through December 13 Inside Izumi Fujikura’s Cafe Windy Gallery in Kinugasa, Japan
KINUGASA, Japan (Dec. 3, 2015) — Have you ever seen a photograph of god?
American-born photographer Mateo Hevezi set out more than 10 years ago to capture images of gods and spirits that he says exist everywhere, “when we look carefully.”
Now Hevezi has brought selections from his collection of AGNOSCO photographs to the Cafe Windy Gallery, a quaint and relaxing gallery space overlooking Kinugasa’s Hirasaku River. Kinugasa is located a 68km train ride from central Tokyo on the JR Yokosuka Line.
Cafe Windy opened more than 30 years ago. Through the years, it has grown into a popular gathering place for artists from nearby villages and throughout the greater Tokyo region.
The gallery space is situated inside the second floor cafe and jazz bar where Ms. Fujikura serves popular dishes such as taco rice, pasta, soups and curry. The lower level features a Japanese-style ceramics school and a dog cafe where dog-walkers can pop in to read a newspaper, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, or even have light meal. Doggie snacks are also available.
In addition to hosting several photography exhibitions each month, Ms. Fujikura also organizes and hosts live musical performances, fashion exhibits, hand-crafted Japanese ceramics displays, multi-cultural dance recitals. She even hosts a farmer’s market offering local produce.
The AGNOSCO exhibition premiered last year in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district at the Kurihara Gallery. Since then, AGNOSCO has been shown at galleries in Yokosuka, and Kamakura.
Hevezi, 49, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has lived between California and Japan on and off for more than seven years. He currently is based in Kanagawa, but has also lived in both Okinawa and Tokyo.
Hevezi first came to Japan in 1989, where he was assigned as a Marine Corps engineer mechanic in Okinawa. He was reassigned as a photographer, writer and historian in 1990. When he left military service in 2005, he was one of the Marine Corps’ senior photographers and photography training director in California.After suffering a life-altering brain injury that nearly took his life, he left the military after 18 years in uniform, and began focusing his lens more toward artistic themes.
He became interested in the idea to capture images of gods and spirits in 2005 after witnessing a striking and unusual cloud formation while photographing the Cabrillo monument above San Diego Harbour.
He pursued his project to photograph gods and spirits, traveling throughout America, Mexico, Australia, Thailand, Viet Nam, Micronesia, Okinawa and mainland Japan in search of spiritual images depicting a variety of gods and spiritual deities.
There are a total of 36 color and 19 monochrome photographs in the AGNOSCO collection. Hevezi plans to take his AGNOSCO exhibition to Korea, China, Thailand and Australia in the years ahead.
Cafe Windy is open Wednesday – Sunday from 10:00AM to 22:00PM. The cafe is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
The street address is:
2-53 Kinukasasakae-cho (2F)
Tel: 046-852-4266, 81-46-852-4266 (outside Japan)
Website: www.cafewindy.com (Japanese)