HAPPENINGText: Amelia Ijiri

Coco Capitán “Ookini”, With the support of LOEWE FOUNDATION and HEARST Fujingaho , ASPHODEL ©︎ Takeshi Asano – KYOTOGRAPHIE 2023

Finally, KYOTOGRAPHIE’s artist-in-resident, Coco Capitán, spent three months in Kyoto capturing portraits of teenagers in school uniforms at school or in the park on skateboards, trainee monks and apprentice Maiko. Shown in three venuses, for the first time, ONISHI SEIWEMON MUSEUM opens its door to festival goers to enter the world of Kama Kettle making. Coco Capitán documented the holistic training of a young Onishi in his journey to learn the art and soul of the family’s 400-year history of forging high-quality iron-cast kettles for use in Sado, the way of tea.

Roger Eberhard “Escapism”, SHIMADAI GALLERY KYOTO ©︎ Kenryou Gu – KYOTOGRAPHIE 2023

Other exhibitions include the World Press Photo Resilience, showcasing stories of women inspiring change, from Iranian women watching football from segregated cheering sections to breast flattening in Africa to deter sexual violence. Roger Eberhard’s “Escapism” shows enlarged prints from coffee creamer slides, Gak Yamada’s “Life, Cosmic Flower” displays spinning kaleidoscope images of colorful fragments and imagery from his travels to the world’s oldest champagne house at Ruinart vineyards, France, and Paolo Woods and journalist Arnaud Robert’s “Happy Pills,” a 5-year journey following big pharma from street vendors carrying towers of pills in buckets to makeshift street dispensaries, images of Indian steroid-taking body builders, oral-contraceptive taking teenage girls in Peru, Viagra taking gigolos in Italy, and Aderall use in the USA.

Paolo Woods & Arnaud Robert “Happy Pills”, With the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, Kurochiku Makura Building 2F ©︎ Kenryou Gu – KYOTOGRAPHIE 2023

This year’s KYOTOGRAPHIE explores boundaries across political lines, human rights lines, emotional lines, gender lines, and fine lines. What human conditions are acceptable or should be removed when we reflect on the borders surrounding us.

Next year the 12th annual KYOTOGRAPHIE will be held from April 13th to May 12th, 2024.

Date: April 15th – May 14th, 2023
Place: The Museum of Kyoto Annex, KYOTO ART CENTER, SHIMADAI GALLERY KYOTO, HOSOO GALLERY, ASPHODEL, ONISHI SEIWEMON MUSEUM, Sfera, SEKAISOKO, Nijo-jo Castle Ninomaru Palace, Kondaya Genbei, Komyo-in Zen Temple, Ryosokuin Zen Temple, Hachiku-an (Former Kawasaki Residence), Kurochiku Makura Building etc.
Organizer: KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival

Text: Amelia Ijiri
Photos: Takeshi Asano and Kenryou Gu, Courtesy of KYOTOGRAPHIE

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