Sohei Nishino - Diorama Maps
Sohei Nishino combines photography, collage, cartography and psychogeography to create large prints of urban landscapes. Drawing inspiration from the 18th century Japanese mapmaker, Ino Tadataka, his prints re-imagine the cities he has visited. To build his Diorama Maps, Nishino walks a city's streets for an average of three months, exploring many vantage points and gathers hundreds of rolls of exposed film. He then painstakingly prints the photographs by hand and compiles them to form the tableaux he will use as the basis for his limited edition prints.
The overall effect is not a traditional bird's-eye view but an enlightened way of seeing three dimensions in one plane. Although geographical accuracy is important in this process, scales are altered and locations occasionally repeated mimicking our own fluid memories of place and time. From a distance the maps are almost abstract, it is not until we examine them in detail that the full diorama unfolds - the theatre of one man's city played out in miniature.
We collaborated with Michael Hoppen Gallery to mount these extremely intricate artworks on a suitable substrate. Aluminium was agreed upon based on its strength and ability to be laser cut whilst retaining a high quality finish ready to be installed un-framed. Our technicians cold mounted the prints to the shaped aluminium sheet and attached extra deep, heavy duty subframe supports to aid rigidity for transport and install.