IBASHO/ the (M) éditions, 2024. Hardcover, 112 pp., 70 illustrations, 219 x 280 mm. Photographs by Chloé Jafé. Text by Élodie Cabrera. Design by Teun Van Der Heijden.
How I met Jirois Chloé Jafé's third and final volume in theSakasatrilogy.
The final chapter in her trilogy is an ode to the fallen of Osaka. In this city, the third largest in the country, Chloé Jafé has traveled extensively in the district of Nishinari, a district erased from tourist guides that drains a population mainly made up of men, mostly over 60 years old. There she met and photographed homeless people, transvestites, retirees from banditry and those released from capitalism who preferred to hide there rather than face the shame of being fired.
These workers no longer have a future for the horizon. Through this work, Chloé Jafé tries to mend their history and modestly rehabilitate an unknown and muzzled part of Japan.
Born in Lyon in 1984, Chloé Jafé is an artist and a photographer trained at the École de Condé in Lyon and at the UAL Central Saint Martins School in London. She is represented by Akio Nagasawa, Japan. Critically acclaimed, her work on the women of Yakuza was rewarded by the Bourse du Talent in 2017 and exhibited at the Bibliotèque Nationale de France. Attracted by sensitive and difficult subjects, often marginal, Chloé Jafé does not hesitate in her practice to push the limits of the photographic medium by working directly on prints, in acrylicand brush. Each of her series has resulted in a limited edition book, bound and handcrafted by the artist.