Christian Mader

The photographs tell of the unfathomability of a society that remains largely foreign to Europeans. We lack an obvious link between the visible and the imaginary parts of Japanese everyday life, the Missing Link …

Mader’s works are by no means reports, but his subjects are not staged. He does not arrange or drape. Although the photographs show real-life, everyday life, we do not trust this commonplace. We can not pass on the narrative involved in these situations because our western concepts and routines of intuitive recognition and interpretation are ineffective in this eastern country. This is precisely where the fascination of Mader’s photographs is based.

(from the foreword by Hansjörg Fröhlich)