+81 GALLERY is pleased to present HANAYO’s exhibition As a Mayfly from May 9 through June 22, 2014.

HANAYO is known as among many things: novice Geisha, model, and performer. Recently she has been acclaimed as a photographer even though she doesn't call her self a "photographer.”

The exhibition features her photographs taken during her time in Berlin, Paris, London, New York and Tokyo over the course of 17 years. The photographs were selected, and will be exhibited not in a chronological order but to trace HANAYO's memory and reconstruct it. 

The Japanese word Kagero has two meanings. One is “mayfly”; an insect with wings so thin and fragile that cannot fly against the wind. The other is "heat haze," the mirage-effect of viewing objects through a layer of heated air. Both suggest a unique sense of fragility and beauty that runs throughout her photographic and installation works.


May 9-June 22, 2014
167 Elizabeth Street New York, NY 10012
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 9, 6-8pm 
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