Provoke: A lecture by Matt S Witkovsky

April 18, 2019
Top floor
       Arts Foundation / Projects


Matt Witkovsky presents a slide-lecture about the Tokyo based movement Provoke.

Provoke manifested during years of tremendous and widespread protests in Japan. Titled in English, the movement in Japanese photography produced only three issues of a small magazine between August 1968 and December 1969. But Provoke, as its name suggests, instigated profound thinking about art and protest and affected the course of photography in Japan.

In 2016, Witkovsky together with colleagues in Paris, Winterthur and Vienna organised a survey exhibition on film and photography from this period. This brought together the work of career photographers and of filmmakers, vanguard performance artists, and self-publishing protesters.

Witovsky refers to the exhibition Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960-1975 in his presentation at A4 Arts, with special emphasis on the photographs and photo-books of Shomei Tomatsu, Daido Moriyama, and Takuma Nakahira.

Matthew S. Witovsky is visiting Cape Town from the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is Chair and Curator of the Department of Photography. 

Photo credit:
Thomatsu Nakahira
Editor, Takuma Nakahira, Shinjuku, Tokyo (1964)
37.1 x 45.6 cm


Nisha von Carnap