“My work is creating a blank space where your presence becomes very important. This intimacy makes you care about things that only you can see. Space has nothing to do with physical environment. The only space that exists to me is the space in my mind, in people’s minds, and it’s sharable. All my work is based on this understanding of space.”
~ Megumi Matsubara
Ta so kare / Ka wa tare means ‘who is there?’ in classical Japanese, each phrase being attached to the light of setting sun or the light of rising sun. The installation at Restaurant Numero 7 captures a sunset over Fès. Matsubara shot 3000 photographs over the course of one and a half hours from the Borj Sud. These were then stretched into a 12-hour film ensuring the same image is never seen twice. The installation will run throughout 2015.
Megumi Matsubara and Restaurant Numero 7 celebrated the New Year in Fès. Using this work as his inspiration, chef Harry Cummins has created a tasting menu of spice-scented dishes cooked over fire.
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TA SO KARE / KA WA TARE at Restaurant °7
Beldi egg, grilled wild asparagus, peas, hay
Oeuf Beldi, asperges grillées, petits pois, foin
Calamari, grilled peppers, coriander
Calamar, poivrons grillées, coriandre
Lamb, carrotts, bay leaves
Agneau, carottes, feuilles de laurier
Beldi lemon meringue
Citron Beldi, meringue
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TA SO KARE / KA WA TARE
Installation by Megumi Matsubara
Food by Harry Cummins
Using the shades of twilight captured in Megumi Matsubara’s work as his inspiration, chef Harry Cummins has created a tasting menu of seasonal dishes cooked over fire. Harry’s exquisite imagination texturizes the dishes with magical flavours and colours. Drinks are selected by sommelier Laura Vidal.
Music by Yosio Ootani
Yosio Ootani is a Japanese composer and music critic whose prolific music is also known in the fields of movie, theatre and contemporary dance performances. Taking inspiration from Megumi Matsubara’s work, Yosio has compiled a special select of music only for this evening.
The installation at Restaurant °7 will open a year-long solo exhibition by Megumi Matsubara entitled FES spreading out over the whole city throughout 2015.
Artist would like to thank:
Stephen di Renza for this exceptional adventure.
Tara Stevens and Restaurant °7 for unceasing support.
Voice Gallery for solid technical support.
Institut Français de Fès for warm hospitality.
YOU for your presence tonight.
8 Jan 2015, FES
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Photo by Megumi Matsubara (image 1 – 5)
& Alia Ali (image 6 -12)
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Ta So Kare / Ka Wa Tare, 2013-2014
Work dedicated to Maghreb—the land of setting sun, and Japan—the land of rising sun
Single-channel 12h video installation
A circular mirror disposed on the opposite side