KYOTOGRAPHIE 2018

HAPPENINGText: Amelia Ijiri

KYOTOGRAPHIE is an international photography festival held every spring across the entire city of Kyoto. It includes artwork exhibited in gallery and non-gallery spaces, artists talks and workshops, tours, kids programs, and screenings. Envisioned by Lucille Reyboz and Yusuke Nakanishi, it’s now in its sixth consecutive year and has attracted 380,000 visitors to date.

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Claude Dityvon, May 1968 : Reality dreamed, NTT WEST Sanjyo Collaboration Plaza Photo: ©︎ Takeshi Asano – KYOTOGRAPHIE 2018

This year’s theme, UP, features images of current issues such as environmental pollution, political uprisings, climate change, and economic inequality.

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Lauren Greenfield, GENERATION WEALTH, Kyoto Shimbun Photo: ©︎ Takeshi Asano – KYOTOGRAPHIE 2018

Lauren Greenfield’s “Generation Wealth,” which focuses on wealth, beauty, greed, privilege, and pride is not to be missed. Her images of abandoned luxury developments, beauty standards, and addictions to excess are displayed in a basement which once housed printing presses for the Kyoto newspaper. Subcultures continue to interest many of the 15 photographers exhibiting this year. Frank Horvat captures models and prostitutes in “Un moment d’une femme” at Shimadai Gallery, Alberto Garcia-Alix’s pictures of outcasts and underground figures in “IRREDUCTIBLES” are displayed throughout a former ice factory, Sazanga-Kyu. K-Narf’s, “The Hatarakimono Project,” featuring full-sized portraits hung on Kyoto Wholesale Market’s south wall, pays homage to its local workers.

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K-NARF, “THE HATARAKIMONO PROJECT”, AN EXTRA-ORDINARY TAPE-O-GRAPHIC ARCHIVE, Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market Photo: ©︎ Takeshi Asano – KYOTOGRAPHIE 2018

Sharing space with art students at KCUA (Kyoto City University of Arts), two Japanese photographers highlight land transformation. Paris-based Tadashi Ono’s “COASTAL MOTIFS” presents photographs of the construction of a concrete reinforcement barrier along the tsunami-struck Tohoku coastline, and Tomomi Morita’s photo essays, “Sanrika -Then and Now-” deal with land allocation for the Narita International Airport on the outskirts of Tokyo.

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