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MATEO HEVEZI BRINGS HIS AGNOSCO PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION TO KANAGAWA
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
KAMAKURA, Japan (Dec. 1, 2014)
— “What we see, is what we think … and what we think, is what we see,” says Mateo Hevezi, of his AGNOSCO photography exhibition opening Dec. 9, 2014 at Kamakura’s Kirara Gallery.

AGNOSCO is a Latin word meaning “to acknowledge.”
 
Leonardo da Vinci once advised a student lacking inspiration to “look at the cracks in the walls for they hold the secrets of the universe.”  Mateo, like Leonardo before him, walks the land looking for such secrets; and he always has a camera ready.
 
With AGNOSCO, Mateo attempted what some claim impossible. During the ten years of shooting for AGNOSCO, Mateo said he sought the ultimate photographic conquest … “to get a shot of god.”
 
Mateo was born Roman Catholic, so he had always been told a story of one god. In Japan, Mateo discovered there are many gods; too many to count. Is it possible to encounter god in people you meet or things you see? These sort of questions confront those who view his AGNOSCO photographs.
 
In photo #3 “Tanoshi Gold,” a golden sakura leaf has fallen from its branch, and lands on the broad-leaf green plant below. Mateo wonders, “does the plant feel it, and does it smile?”
 
In modern societies, Mateo says people are busy chasing some dream depicted in advertising campaigns which have been engineered to convince us all, “we do not yet have enough, and we need to achieve more and ‘get’ more.”
 
This constant “busyness” is a distraction away from the natural world. It results in people walking the earth oblivious to mystical and spiritual events. Few slow down long enough to notice the many miracles on Earth, Mateo says.
 
“The mysteries of our existence are still very very active, according to Mateo. “This is the nature of life. It is a mystic phenomenon.” Without mystery surely life would become boring for, “anything that has been explained ceases to interest us,” as German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once famously said.
 
About human existence on Earth, Mateo writes on his exhibition website, “Well, if you want to … you can just go wander about and drink from a stream or gather some roots or berries for lunch in the hills, easily you can do that. At least you were meant to be able to do that here on Earth.”
 
He adds, “But you may want to bring along your camera, because you might encounter god. And you would want a photo of that, now wouldn’t you?”
 
Mateo Hevezi was born in 1966 in near Chicago, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was an engineer and combat correspondent for the U.S. Marines (1987~2005). He studied photography at Syracuse University in New York (1999~2000). After military service, he became an independent artist. He has exhibited his photographic works in New York, Tokyo, Okinawa, Houston, and San Diego. He is based in Kanagawa, Japan.

Details:  

AGNOSCO – Spirits Among Us
a photography exhibition by Mateo Hevezi
Opens December 9~15, 2014
 
Kirara Gallery Kamakura
1-10-5 (B1) Komachi, Kamakura Shi 
Kanagawa Ken 248-0006
Gallery hours: 10AM~5PM daily
TEL: 0467-25-2030
 
Gallery URL: www.city.kamakura.kanagawa.jp/gakusyuc/kamakura.html (Japanese)

Exhibition URL: www.agnoscoexhibition.wordpress.com (English & Japanese)
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KAMAKURA, Japan (Nov. 6, 2014) — The Kirara Gallery Kamakura presents Mateo Hevezi’s “AGNOSCO-Spirits Among Us,” photography exhibition opening Dec. 9-15, 2014.

The AGNOSCO exhibition is a collection of 38 color and 17 monochrome photographs which were produced over ten years in seven countries: Japan, Australia, Thailand, Mexico, USA, Vietnam and Micronesia. Mateo previously lived and worked several years in Nakagusuku, Japan, on the island of Okinawa. The AGNOSCO exhibit in Kamakura will be the first time Mateo’s work will be presented in Kanagawa Prefecture. Mateo, 48, was born in America and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently is based in Kanagawa, but frequently travels throughout East Asia.

Kirara Gallery is located inside the Kamakura Lifelong Learning Center (B1), and is just a short 3-minute walk from the Kamakura JR train station. The Lifelong Learning Center is situated between the main Kamakura Post Office and the Daikoji Temple.

AGNOSCO premiered in Tokyo in May 2014.

The AGNOSCO exhibition is a free event. Kirara Gallery is open daily from 10AM – 5PM.

PAST EXHIBITION

TOKYO (May 23, 2014) — The Kurihara Gallery presents “AGNOSCO – Spirits Among Us,” a photography exhibition by Mateo Hevezi.

AGNOSCO is a Latin word that means “to acknowledge.”

This exhibition of 55 photographs made in Japan, Thailand, Viet Nam, Australia, Mexico, Micronesia, and America is the artist’s first time to show work in Tokyo. It is a collection of work that has been in the making for more than 10 years. The artist, Mateo Hevezi, 48, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and recently lived in Okinawa-Ken. He has previously exhibited his photographs in New York, California, Texas, and twice in Okinawa-Ken. Also on exhibit will be the KAMAKURA MASK, a natural beach rock from Kamakura Umi.

The photos are printed on museum grade cotton rag archival medium, using archival pigment ink of the highest quality and standards. The AGNOSCO exhibition is to be shown in three rotations: Spring, Summer and Fall. The Spring rotation opens Wednesday and will be on display through June 04, 2014. Dates are TBD for Summer and Fall AGNOSCO exhibits.

Mateo is a graduate of the Syracuse University (New York) Photojournalism Program, in the year 2000.

Event Title – AGNOSCO – Spirits Among Us

Event Dates – 2014 May 28 ~ June 04

Event Type – Photography Exhibition

Event Venue – Kurihara Gallery

Event Location – Nishiikebukuro

Event Address – 3 Chome-19-5 Nishiikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan 171-0021 (1F)

Event hours – Monday ~ Saturday (closed Sunday) 11AM to 6PM

Event contacts:

Gallery – Mr Kurihara 03(3982)6044
Tokyou@Kurihara-art.com
http://www.kurihara-art.com

Artist – Mr. Mateo Hevezi 080-9710-7800
Hevezim@juno.com
http://www.agnoscoexhibition.wordpress.com
http://www.pbase.com/hevezimj

Press Release

PAST EXHIBITION

TOKYO (May 1, 2014) — The Kurihara Art Gallery presents “AGNOSCO – Spirits Among Us,” a photography exhibition by Mr. Mateo Hevezi which opens  May 28, 2014 ~ June 4 in Nishiikebukuro, Tokyo.

Mr. Mateo, 47, is a professional photographer and writer. He previously lived in Okinawa from 1990, 2000 ~ 2003.

As a photographer in Okinawa, Mr. Mateo was an active member with Okinawa photography community.

He frequently lectured and taught both Okinawa and foreign photographers during classes and lectures.

The AGNOSCO exhibition contains 55 photographs, and several photographs made while Mr. Mateo was working in Okinawa.

Mr. Mateo twice exhibited his work in Okinawa City while a member of the Manglers Photography Club.

Past photography exhibitions include: Laila Ali (1999 – New York), My Visual Opinion (2002 – Okinawa), Mission to Micronesia (2003 – Okinawa), Aqua Angels (2005 – San Diego), Houston Center for Photography (2009 – Texas).

Mr. Mateo is a graduate of Syracuse University Photojournalism Program in New York.

Mr. Mateo currently lives in Kanagawa, Japan.

Exhibition websites:

Japanese
http://www.kurihara-art.com

English
http://www.agnoscoexhibition.wordpress.com

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Note to editor:

For further information please contact Mr. Kurihara at 03-3982-6044 (Japanese ok)

To contact Mr. Mateo Hevezi call 080-9710-7800 (English only)
or by email: agnoscoexhibit@juno.com

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PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE  (editorial use only)

Please email all requests for photographs to: agnoscoexhibit@juno.com

#1  Sky Cat

#1 SKY CAT - When you see the cat, there is no doubt. This is the mystic. Is it true anybody can take a photo of the clouds? Sure! But sometimes you must push a distracted person's nose into the frame if they are to see it there in reality. (Kamakura, Japan 2013)

#1 SKY CAT – When you see the cat, there is no doubt. This is the mystic. Is it true anybody can take a photo of the clouds? Sure! But sometimes you must push a distracted person’s nose into the frame if they are to see it there in reality. (Kamakura, Japan 2013)

#2 Kamakura Mask

#2 KAMAKURA MASK - On the beach this rock-mask found me. So, it was my idea to pick it up and bring it home to give it a good spot on the wall, some company. I wonder though, does it miss his friends on the beach? (Kamakura, Japan 2013)

#2 KAMAKURA MASK – On the beach this rock-mask found me. So, it was my idea to pick it up and bring it home to give it a good spot on the wall, some company. I wonder though, does it miss his friends on the beach? (Kamakura, Japan 2013)

#11 Street Kings

#11 STREET KINGS - Street life for these two "kings" in Saigon is made to be a little less rough with a gift of filtered tobacco. I hope they were not walking and smoking at the same time. Probably not. (Sai Gon, Viet Nam 2013)

#11 STREET KINGS – Street life for these two “kings” in Saigon is made to be a little less rough with a gift of filtered tobacco. I hope they were not walking and smoking at the same time. Probably not. (Sai Gon, Viet Nam 2013)

#12 Ba Na Buddha

#12 BA NA BUDDHA - In Annam, high on the mountain above Tourane, Buddha enjoys a nice view of the ocean and temperatures about 20 percent cooler than on the valley down at the bottom of the sky train. The place is named "Ba Na," and I read that sometimes it snows there! In Vietnam, can you believe it? (Ba Na Mountain, "Fantasy Park" near Da Nang, Viet Nam 2013)

#12 BA NA BUDDHA – In Annam, high on the mountain above Tourane, Buddha enjoys a nice view of the ocean and temperatures about 20 percent cooler than on the valley down at the bottom of the sky train. The place is named “Ba Na,” and I read that sometimes it snows there! In Vietnam, can you believe it? (Ba Na Mountain, “Fantasy Park” near Da Nang, Viet Nam 2013)

REQUEST ARTIST INTERVIEW (English)

tel: 080-9710-7800 (in Japan)

tel: 81-80-9710-7800 (from outside Japan)

email: agnoscoexhibit@juno.com

REQUEST GALLERY INTERVIEW (Japanese)

tel: 03-3982-6044 (in Japan)

tel: 81-3-3982-6044 (from outside Japan)

email: tokyou@kurihara-art.com

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