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Body Haiku

Dolci Japan Gallery, 2007
Gian Paolo Barbieri

In this book helmets and war masks of ancient Japan are illustrated in dynamic situations of great intensity.

The analysis of two ancient commentaries of a text of esoteric Buddhism, “to race on the extremity of the sword” and “to stay immovable on the extremity of the sword”, will help us gather the strength and the charm of these images that connect the medieval Civil Wars of Japan, to the threats and the challenges of our days.

In tune with the tradition of the poetry Haiku, Gian Paolo Barbieri has managed to melt past and present, static energies and dynamic strengths in portraits of unsettling beauty.

Photograph: Gian Paolo Barbieri
Design: Armando Chitolina
Layout: Marco Poggi