Dansu, dansu, dansu. Photobookjockey with Juan Cires

Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche, 29.08.2021
First published on her blog, published here with permission.

Juan Cires, at San Telmo‘s church

Yesterday, a photobookjockey on Japanese photography took place in the impressive setting of the church of San Telmo Museum, by Juan Cires, a great specialist in this topic. Juan knows Japanese photography like (almost) nobody, and especially its photobook side.

Being able to enjoy his presence, yesterday in the church, was a luxury. Dansu, dansu, dansu turned out to be a sort of performance, mixing image, film, sound and books, as well as reading of texts.

Japan is a world apart, and as Juan said, entering its culture is, for a foreigner, like finding himself on Mars. He led us by the hand through its history, its traditions, through the hidden corners of its physical or sentimental geography, all represented in the books. Part of those were from Juan’s collection, a well-kept treasure that he wanted to share with us, and the other part came from the more contemporary collection deposited in San Telmo. In this way, any representation of Dansu, dansu, dansu is unique, although Juan has already shown it twice, in Madrid and Granada.

Japanese photobooks are a special world within photobooks, so ingrained is this medium of expression within Japanese photography. This would not be understood without the book, its natural means of communication, almost of existence.

Ryuichi Kaneko, a great historian of Japanese photography, a great collector, and also participant in the Photobook Phenomenon exhibition, died last July, and this bookjockey was also a tribute to him, the one that has worked the most to publicize the Japanese photobook throughout the world.

Dansu, dansu, dansu gets its name from a novel by Haruki Murakami, and Juan picks up the idea of ‘​​dance’, to create a choreography of images and sound that go from traditional Butō to the most ferocious experimentation.

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Here you have the complete list of books shown, in order of appearance (books with * belong in Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection, San Telmo Museoa) :

Nami, Syoin Kajii/梶井 照陰, FOIL, 2017 *

Kandō/感動, Harumichi Saito/齋藤陽道, AKAAKA, 2011

Bloody Moon, Keiko Nomura/野村 恵子, Tosei-sha/冬青社, 2006

Rasen Kaigan/螺旋海岸, Lieko Shiga/志賀理江子, AKAAKA, 2013 *

Shooting Star Fireworks, Vol.1, 1978

Onsen Geisha/温泉芸者, Hirachi Isao/平地勲, Nora-sha/のら社, 1975

The Dry Weather, Takayuki Ogawa/小川隆之, in The Photo Image 6, 1970

Red Flower, The Women of Okinawa/赤花 アカバナー、沖縄の女, Mao Ishikawa/石川真生, Session Press/セッションプレス, 2016 *

Kuroyami [Black Darkness], Sakiko Nomura/野村佐紀子, Akio Nagasawa Publishing, 2008 *

Mother’s, Ishiuchi Miyako/石内 都, Sukyo-sha/蒼穹舎, 2002 *

Teikō/抵抗 [Resistance], Kazuo Kitai/北井一夫, Murai-sha, 1965

Chizu/地図 [The map], Kikuji Kawada/川田 喜久治, Akio Nagasawa Publishing, 2014 *

Tokyo/東京, Masatoshi Naitō/内藤正敏, Meicho Shuppan/名著出版, 1985

Kamaitachi/鎌鼬, Eikoh Hosoe/細江 英公, Aperture, 2009 *

One, Ken Ohara/小原 健, Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 1997 *

I can’t recall my first light/私は初めて見た光を覚えていない, Sayuki Inoue/井上佐由紀, nap gallery, 2018 *

The bookjockey format, devised by Bonifacio Barrio Hijosa is ideal for proposing a broader and enriching experience, a more playful or in-depth reading, approaching the book in a different way. This, the second in the already long list of activities organized by the Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection in San Telmo, has been intense, exciting and spectacular.

I hope the list is extended. From here, a thousand thanks to Juan Cires and San Telmo for the organization.


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Juan Cires @ San Telmo Museoa, San Sebastian-Donostia ~ 28.08.2021

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Third occasion to assist to this Dansu, Dansu, Dansu BookJockey Session by Juan Cires. It’s been two years and a pandemic since this same session took place in Granada. Last summer was not possible to organize it in San Telmo, but luckily they were able this year.

This time photobooks and public will meet at the church inside the Museum, a magnificent scenario for an event like this. It was also the place chosen by Julián Barón and Colin Pantall for their joint session, back in 2018.

For this third version, Juan Cires will mix books from their own collection with other selected from the Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection.

Juan Cires will lead a BookJockey session on Japanese photobooks. Under the title Dansu Dansu Dansu, taken from a novel by Haruki Murakami, he will show us a selection of photography books of Japanese origin that, somehow, dance among themselves.

Dansu, Dansu, Dansu, by Juan Cires
San Telmo Museoa
Plaza Zuloaga, 1
saturday, August 28th, 2021
6 pm.
San Sebastian, Spain

Cartel para Dansu Dansu Dansu de Juan Cires / Poster for Dansu Dansu Dansu by Juan Cires

Tercera ocasión para asistir a esta sesión BookJockey titulada Dansu, Dansu, Dansu, a cargo de Juan Cires. Han pasado dos años y una pandemia desde que esta misma sesión tuvo lugar en Granada. El verano pasado no fue posible organizarla en San Telmo, pero afortunadamente este año sí han podido.

Esta vez los fotolibros y el público se encontrarán en la iglesia del Museo, un escenario magnífico para un evento como este. También fue el lugar elegido por Julián Barón and Colin Pantall para sus sesión conjunta en 2018.

Para esta tercera versión, Juan Cires mezclará libros de su propia colección con otros seleccionados de la Colección Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche.

Juan Cires dirigirá una sesión de BookJockey sobre fotolibros japoneses. Bajo el título de Dansu Dansu Dansu, tomado de una novela de Haruki Murakami, nos mostrará una selección de libros de fotografía de origen japonés que, de alguna manera, bailan entre sí.

Dansu, Dansu, Dansu, by Juan Cires
San Telmo Museoa
Plaza Zuloaga, 1
sábado, 28 de agosto de 2021
18:00 h.
San Sebastián-Donostia, España