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Shaniqwa Jarvis & Silas

November 25, 2011

The acclaimed photographer opens her epic debut solo show in Tokyo

  • Text by Terence Teh

We got a lot of love here at Satellite Voices for both the stalwart, influential label Silas and the globetrotting portrait and fashion photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis. So combine both and boom - we're down. Hands down. Heads down. Shaniqwa Jarvis's epic debut solo exhibition "This Charming Man" made its way to Gallery North Gate in the Silas & Maria Daikanyama & Studio Bee this last month, a collection of intimate portraits shot over the past three years. Essential. And Silas have the collaboration tees too (also look out for Jarvis's fashion work with Supreme, Stussy, Nike and Liberty).

Satellite Voices: Can you tell us about the good people at Silas and the Tokyo show?
Shaniqwa Jarvis: I was approached by Daisuke at Silas to shoot a feature for Eyescream. At the time I wasn't available but when it came time for Silas to relaunch in the UK, they asked me to shoot the campaign. When we shot, "This Charming Man" was being exhibited in London. They loved it and wanted to bring it to Tokyo. The exhibition is showcased across two floors in Silas and Maria and Studio B in Dainkanyama. I made two t-shirts with Silas to celebrate the opening of the show which had an amazing turn out with friends from Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles and Paris.

SV: What does Tokyo mean to you - when was the first time you went and what are your most immediate memories of that city?
Shaniqwa Jarvis: The first time I went to Tokyo was five-years-ago to work on a feature for Dazed with Chris Gibbs. It was an amazing trip as we packed in an incredible amount on our 10 day trip; including a trip to a onsen, bathroom portraits, and fish-in-shot drinks. My most intense memories are of the heat the summer brings and all of the amazing food I eat while there. Each trip my friends in Tokyo always take me to amazing restaurants and make me do ridiculous things that wouldn't happen anywhere else but in Japan.

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