HAPPENINGText: Amelia Ijiri

Isabel Muñoz × Min Tanaka × Genbei Yamaguchi “BORN-ACT-EXIST”. Kondaya Genbei Kurogura, Okuzashiki

Another highlight from this year’s festival was “BORN-ACT-EXIST” at Kondaya Genbei Kurogura. It is said to be the first photograph woven into a Japanese obi. A photograph of the dancer Min Tanaka taken by Isabel Muñoz was woven into the fabric under the direction of the 10th generation purveyor, Genbei Yamaguchi. Japanese kimono obi, along with monochrome videos of Min Tanaka’s underwater dance and photos of him submerged in the mud were shown in the black interior of Genbei’s Kura storehouse and, open to KYOTOGRAPHIE for the first time, the sunlight garden-facing reception room of the machiya.

This collaboration of photography, dancing, and weaving gives insight into the spirit of KYOTOGRAPHIE that transcends its title as an international photography festival. Collaboration, inclusion, and heritage push art further and create artworks that honor tradition and innovation. All is one and one is all.

Date: April 9th – May 8th, 2022
Place: The Museum of Kyoto Annex, SHIMADAI GALLAERY, Kondaya Genbei Kurogura, Horikawa Oike Gallery, y gion, Lake Biwa Canal Museum, Keage Incline, ASPHODEL, Ryosokuin Temple (Kennin-ji Temple), HOSOO GALLERY, Hachiku-an (Former Kawasaki Residence) etc.
Organizer: KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival

Text: Amelia Ijiri
Photos: Takeshi Asano, Courtesy of KYOTOGRAPHIE

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