‘Recollection’, by Casper Faassen

Thursday 9 September 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Photo London, Somerset House
Project 2.0 - G14
Ground Floor – Courtyard Pavilion (G)
Strand, London WC2R 1LA

'Recollection', Casper Faassen, 2020

Every object brings its own story by its very presence. Dealing with time, the spirit of objects and their worth, I started incorporating Japanese beliefs and philosophies like animism, kintsugi or mono no aware, in my work. With my studio based in Leiden (NL) and working around collection and Japan, I naturally crossed paths with Dr. Franz van Siebold who lived both in Leiden and Deshima. He started collecting for scientific reasons focusing on flora and fauna, but quickly broadened his scope dreaming to one day open his own Japanese museum. Without physically possessing most of the objects in this book, it is through my work that they become part of my collection: I surround myself with old Jomon vases, rare Edo period ginger jars as well as Wisteria plants brought to the Hortus Botanicus Leiden garden by van Siebold. I rework, add my language, question and admire. I Recollect. Casper Faassen