FURUYA, SEIICHI. & HONNEF, KLAUS. - AMS.
The colorful figures – colorful in every way – that people Furuya's photographs greatly contribute to this impression. Hardly ever do we find a face that would be considered average. A motley of races appears in the photographs, expressive faces, though strangely rigid, even mask-like; not concentrated on the camera and the photographer, but on something outside the rectangle of the photograph, something not captured by it; fantastic figures in crazy get-ups, with the craziness and strangeness certainly not manifested solely by the extraordinary but rather, for the most part, by the very ordinariness of their dress, which sometimes strangely contrasts with the person it is supposed to clothe.
In late 1982, Christine began to exhibit symptoms of schizophrenia. In 1983, she entered a hospital in Graz for treatment; she was forced to give up her drama studies, and from that time on was in and out of hospital regularly. Shortly after noon on October 7th, 1985, the 36th anniversary of the founding of the German Democratic Republic, Christine threw herself from a window on the 9th floor of the tenement building where the family lived. Seiichi continued to work as an interpreter in East Berlin until 1987. Afterwards he returned to Graz, where he has lived with his son, Komyo, to this day.
Since 1975, FURUYA has had numerous exhibitions, both in Japan and overseas, at such venues as: Forum Stadtpark (Graz, Austria), Winterthur Museum (Switzerland), Albertina Museum (Vienna, Austria), the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum (Mishima, Japan). He has published several photo books featuring Christine, starting with his Mémoires 1978-1988 (Camera Austria, 1989) and continuing with Mémoires 1995 (Scalo Books, 1995), Christine Furuya-Gössler, Mémoires 1978-1985(Korinsha Press, 1997), Portrait (Fotohof, 2000), Last Trip to Venice (self-published, 2002) Mémoires 1983 (Akaaka Art Publishing, 2006).
What’s more, he has been active in a wide range of projects: he was one of the founders and editors of the photography magazine, Camera Austria, and has also curated exhibitions introducing Japanese photographers to Europe, such as Daido Moriyama, (Graz, 1980), Shomei Tomatsu: Japan 1952-1981 (Graz, 1984), Nobuyoshi Araki Akt-Tokyo, 1971-1991 (Graz, 1992), Keep in Touch. Positions in Japanese Photography (Graz, 2003).