Nat Urazmetova: The Persimmon’s Fruit

Please join us for the launch of the beautiful photography book The Persimmon’s Fruit, get the chance to meet the photographer Nat Urazmetova and celebrate the opening of our new Calvert 22 Bookshop.

There will also be improvisational live music by the band XAVIERS, a DJ set by Taigen and Kohhei of Bo Ningen, multi-screen projections of the artist’s experimental videos and images, and a special selection of Japanese treats and drinks.

About the Book

The Persimmon’s Fruit is an intimate photographic essay by Nat Urazmetova. Depicting the author’s journey to Japan, it seeks new sensibilities and subtle connections that unfold when imagery and poetry come together in book format.

Documentary yet also introspective, the photographs in the book seize and transmit concealed rhythms and delicate emotions. There is tenderness found amongst the grandeur and geometry of cityscapes and elegance seen in haphazard encounters. Details which often pass unnoticed are what stimulate the author’s gaze the most, and the poetic verses deepen the emerging narratives far beyond the merely visual.

The Persimmon’s Fruit is an assemblage of the subjective observations about the essence of Japanese culture, together creating a poetic story that enfolds both the stillness of a photographic image and the transitory, time-warping nature of cinema.

Rather than attempt to arrive at something descriptive and concrete, the book instead trails an elusive atmosphere, accentuating the beauty in imperfections and incompleteness through light and shadow, contours and fragments, whispers and feelings.

About the Author

Nat Urazmetova is a visual storyteller and artist who is collaborating with musicians, sound designers and dancers on a series of live audio-visual performances and films and developing her personal photographic and video projects.

She is a graduate of London College of Communication, University of the Arts (BA in Photography, 2009) and Goldsmiths, University of London (2010, MA in Digital Media).

She was born in Ufa, former USSR, and works and lives in London, UK.

About the Publisher

Cygnnet is a London-based publisher specialising in books on cinema and photography.