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In conjunction with the exhibition NAÏVY: in fifty (definitive) photographs, Parco Museum produced the publication NAÏVY which featured a newly commissioned scholarly text by Lena Fritsch, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Naïvy has captivated Capitán for over a decade. Navigating themes of adventure, belonging and loss of innocence, the series pays tribute to an imagined nautical universe, one peopled by Capitán’s ‘Lost Naïvy’ sailors. But these are not seamen as we know them; although they don the traditional sailor suit of an American Second World War sailor, their naked lower halves signal a departure, embodying the paradox of desiring both collective belonging and individualistic freedom. This is just one of the many dualities that cuts through Naïvy, in a world that hinges between play and danger, freedom and entrapment, celebration and elegy, nostalgia and fear for the future. 

Text: Lena Fritsch (Curator of Modern Art, Ashmolean Museum)
Language: English
Japanese translation: Momo Nonaka 
Pages: 108
Size: 221mm x 221mm
ISBN: 978-4-86506-393-6
Publication Date: July 2022
Publisher: Tokyo: PARCO CO., LTD. Entertainment Department