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Tomoko Sawada, Rinko Kawauchi in "Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now" at SFMOMA

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Tomoko Sawada, Rinko Kawauchi, as well as Yasumasa Morimura, Leiko Shiga and Ishiuchi Miyako will be on view in Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now at the SFMOMA this fall.  
15 October, 2016 - 12 March, 2017, Floor 3

Rinko Kawauchi,  Untitled , from the series  the eyes, the ears , 2005

Rinko Kawauchi, Untitled, from the series the eyes, the ears, 2005

Lieko Shiga,  Tomlinson FC , from the series  Lilly , 2005

Lieko Shiga, Tomlinson FC, from the series Lilly, 2005

Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now includes photographs from the 1960s, when major figures such as Shomei Tomatsu and Daido Moriyama investigated Americanization and industrial growth; the more personal and performative work of Nobuyoshi Araki and Eikoh Hosoe; and photography addressing the present culture and the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Organized thematically, the show explores topics such as Japan’s relationship with America, changes in the city and countryside, and the emergence of women, especially Miyako Ishiuchi, Rinko Kawauchi, and Lieko Shiga, as significant contributors to contemporary Japanese photography.


Exhibition "In The Wake" Reflect on Fukushima Earthquake and Tsunami on 5 Year Anniversary on The Creator's Project

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The natural disaster in Japan in March of 2011 that shook the earth, stirred the ocean and shocked the hearts of Fukushima residents, miraculously brought several artists together to visually explore their emotions.  ROSEGALLERY artist Rinko Kawauchi as well as Lieko Shiga are among others to photograph the landscape and exhibit in The Japan Society exhibition In The Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11.  Read the article from VICE's The Creator's Project blog.

Lieko Shiga, Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore) 45 from the series Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore), 2012

In the Wake is divided into three sections: documentary, experimental, and narrative. Tomoko Yoneda's serene photos offer a unique perspective of the people, plants, and animals directly after the events of 3/11. Experimental photographer Nobuyushi Araki was in Tokyo during the tsunami, also physically insulated from its effects. Kamiya says he "took the negatives of photographs that he had taken around and on 3/11/11 and physically slashed them. They relate to his own struggle with cancer, and the loss of his sight in one eye." Lieko Shiga lived in a village in the Tōhoku region, documenting its history, since 2008. She captures images that unpack the village's most important human events, contributing those of 3/11 to the exhibition.

View the exhibition at The Japan Society until 12 June, 2016.


Photographers Remember Fukushima Earthquake on 5th Year Anniversary

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Currently on view at New York's Japan Society is a commemorative exhibition, In the Wake: Japanese Photographers respond to 3/11, for the 5th anniversary of the Fukushima Earthquake in Northern Japan.  With 18,000 deaths, 400,000 displacements, a nuclear meltdown and  extraordinary flooding, the cataclysmic event has changed the lives and landscape of Japan with profound weight.  It has become the most photographed disaster in history.

Photographers Rinko Kawauchi, a native to Shiga just east of Kyoto, and Lieko Shiga from Aichi, are among many other photographs with all differing viewpoints of the devastation. 

Rinko Kawauchi, Still from   Light and Shadow  , 2011 -   "In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11" at Japan Society, New York

Rinko Kawauchi, Still from Light and Shadow, 2011 - "In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11" at Japan Society, New York

Kawauchi took accounts of her photographing with writing.  She shares, “Standing there for a while, I considered the smallness of my existence; so small that even a gust of wind could have blown me away.”  The photographs on exhibit show two pigeons flying above what looks like a ground-zero of bomb warfare. 

Lieko Shiga,  Mother's Gentle Hands , 2009. Japan Society.

Lieko Shiga, Mother's Gentle Hands, 2009. Japan Society.

Shiga, on the other hand, focuses on individual lives in a small town of Kitakama.  Of the 380 person population 53 were lost in the disaster.  Shiga has a staged approach to the portraiture to convey the culture of the town.  

According to Shiga, her photographs are “'unconsciously connected' to the specific events of 3/11, [and meant to] bring a mesmerizing spell of spiritual transcendence and catharsis to the trauma of mass destruction."

The exhibition will be on view from 11 March through 12 June, 2016 at the Japan Society in New York City.

Read the artsy article HERE.