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Exhibition: Rokko Island by Andy Donohoe

Wednesday 11 February 2015

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Words Ailis Mara

One of our lovely neighbours here at Hackney Downs Studios, Andy Donohoe, opens an exhibition at one of our other lovely neighbours, A-Side B-Side Gallery, tomorrow night and it’s something you need to check out.

Andy Donohoe’s exhibition titled ‘Rokko Island’ acts as the launch for a book he shot whilst in Japan recently. Looking at the history of Rokko Island allows you to discover it’s past is a lot richer than one would first assume. 1960s post-war Japan longed for a Utopian world, and anything that would help to achieve that dream. The country experienced excessive growth and change. The coming years faced social revolt by students which would rock the balance of the West and Japan. The rising and expanding urban world with economic prospects resulted in crisis where diverse threats were also opportunities. These opportunities allowed original utopian plans to change. Rokko Island was one of these plans. And here Andy Donohoe explores this notion.

The exhibition will open tomorrow at 7pm at the gallery and will run 11-6pm all weekend until its close on Monday 16th February. Plus there’s beer provided by The Five Points Brewing Company. Now if you weren’t enticed already, that’s got to do the trick.