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Zine, 2011
Edition of 500
Color Print
Traditional Japanese Paper
Hand Bound
62 pages
25.7 x 36.4 x 0.5 cm

This book will be published in an edition of 500. 100 of which are numbered and signed by Takeo Yamada and 26 have been assigned letters from A to Z and include an original print signed by the artist.



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Paradise Lost #1

Zine, 2010
Edition of 100
Color Print (Xerox photocopy)
Traditional Wax Paper / Craft Paper
Hand Bound 
36 pages
25.0 x 17.5 x 0.5 cm


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"East of eden"

"Lungta" means "wind horse" in Tibetan. The wind horse is an allegory in shamanistic traditions of Central Asia, symbolizing the cardinal directions and used to represent the idea of well-being or good fortune. In Tibetan Buddhism, the Lungta is printed on prayer flags which flutter in the wind representing the wind horse carrying prayers to heaven. This photograph collection is the first in the "Paradise lost" series; showing horses from the tundra of Eastern Hokkaido Japan.

The horses of Nemuro are descendants of a selective breeding program made national policy during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and carried on until 1945. The program's aim was to produce the strongest and most fit war horse by breeding the native Hokkaido pony with heavier bloodlines such as the Percheron. When they became unnecessary at the end of the war, they were put to use cultivating farmland and when they became unnecessary to farmers, by the mechanization of agriculture, they were useless for food production and their population went into decline. Nowadays, small herds of these war horses can be found on the Nemuro peninsula.

Here we can see a copy of the original perfect horse Lungta now unnaturally modified for war, living out life under harsh weather conditions and dependent on humans who no longer need them. It seems hopeless, yet to experience a moment of communication with this beautiful but strangely abandoned creature is to understand hope, for their very existence is benevolence, none of it calculated, merely a natural impulse to go on living. In the epic "Paradise Lost", John Milton says "The World was all before them, where to choose; Their place of rest, and Providence their guide: ". The appearance of these earth bound horses that accept all in providence though stranded in the desolate Far East without reason, are but a soft echo of the Appearance of Adam and Eve, who after leaving paradise found hope just East of Eden.

It is said horses can read the human heart. In this simple relationship we find the basis for a powerful meditation. If a person synchronizes with the horses pure reflection, and begins exploring the eternal prayer, a moment appears when one is liberated from subjectivity and so the self may harmonize with nature. If somewhere greater than Eden could exist in this world perhaps you could find it in such a moment.

Takeo Yamada
2010 Tokyo






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Anthology for the exhibition "Requiem pour Afghanistan"

Poetry in Japanese Text by Takeo Yamada.
Paper Back, 2008
Edition of 1,000
Offset Print
78 pages
15.7 x 12.2 x 0.6 cm




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