A homage to unexpected parallels between two forms of human shelter that are geographically close, yet worlds apart.
Mono no aware: The Poignancy of Things’ is a series of photographs captured by Brett Boardman in Kyoto in 2011. The images juxtapose Katsura Rikyu, a 17th-century imperial villa that has long captivated architects across the world, with the makeshift shelter of a homeless person under a bridge nearby. Boardman’s intimate shots transcend the stark social and temporal disparity of these structures, illuminating the ways that they echo each other in response to human desire for tranquillity, order and dignity. Featuring exhibition design by award-winning architect Andrew Burns.

The exhibition coincides with the release of a limited-edition hardcover book of the same name, to be launched over two public talk events on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6.


February 26 – April 11  
The Japan Foundation Gallery
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 3pm (except March 7 & April 4)
Closed Sundays & Public Holidays
Admission: Free
Enquiries: reception@jpf.org.au / 02 8239 0055
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