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Discovering the Next Generation of Young Photographers

21st “1_WALL” Photography Exhibition

  • DATES : Tue, October 8 – Sat, November 9, 2019
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission free.

Starting October 8 (Tue) Guardian Garden will host the 21st “1_WALL” Photography Exhibition, part of an open competition for the right to mount a solo show at the gallery. The exhibition will feature works by six finalists after two rounds of judging: the first round focusing on all entrants’ portfolios, and the second round consisting of one-on-one discussions between the photographers selected in the initial round and the judges. In this group exhibition, each finalist is allocated one wall on which to show his or her works.

The final round of judging will take place on October 16 (Wed), i.e. while the exhibition is in progress. During this round, which is open to the public, the six finalists will give presentations about their works, and the judges will then discuss the relative merits of the six contenders’ works and select the Grand Prize winner. The winner’s prize is the privilege of holding a solo show at the gallery one year later, plus 300,000 yen to prepare for the show.

The twenty-first exhibition in this series brings together an eclectic array of young photographers. Tatsuki Katayama visually expresses the act of breath synchronization. Ai Mizobuchi considers the act of seeing via photography. Wei Zihan creates photos on the theme of animal smells. Sayaka Imamura confronts herself through the act of taking photos. Kaho Okazaki seeks to capture a “sense of transparency” using photography. Ryu Ika attempts to close in on the essence of the reality of sensing emptiness.

Sayaka Imamura
Born in 1991.

A flock of birds passed overhead. I felt peace seeing that creatures different from myself are here. We intersect, pass each other, and look back.

Kaho Okazaki
Born in 1993. Graduated from University of the Arts London with a concentration in Photography.

“In the Raw”
What the true nature of transparency is.

Tatsuki Katayama
Born in 1991. Kyoto University of Art and Design, Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Contemporary Art and Photography Course.

Where things join can also be described as “inability to understand each other” or “impatience.” I think it’s close to the sole “reason” needed to explain the connection between me and you.

Wei Zihan
Born in 1994. Currently studying Photography in the Graduate School of Art and Design of Musashino Art University.

“The Smell of Emotion”
Do animals have the same awareness as humans? When a human sees an animal, unconsciously we say it’s cute. Rather than looking at the animal, this is looking at our own speculation.

Ai Mizobuchi
Born in 1989. Graduated from Kyoto Women’s University, Faculty of Contemporary Society, Department of Contemporary Society.

“Scene under Snow Piled up Exaggeratedly and Irregularly”
What I see is no more than what I imagine. Photos inform me, faithfully and dispassionately, of what I saw.

Ryu Ika
Currently studying in the Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences of Musashino Art University.

“Big Brother is Watching You”
The more you try to see reality, the more distant it becomes. Everything is flat, flimsy and easily torn. People are extras living on a perfectly set stage.

Sayaka Imamura

Kaho Okazaki

Tatsuki Katayama

Wei Zihan

Ai Mizobuchi

Ryu Ika

Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)

Ryo Sawayama(Art Critic)

Born in 1982. In 2007 he completed a Master of Art degree at Musashino Art University Graduate School of Science of Design. In 2009, his essay “Labor-work: Carl Andre and His Concept of Art Making” was selected for first prize in the 14th Art Critic Essay Contest organized by BIJUTSUTECHO. He teaches part-time at both Musashino Art University and Tokyo Metropolitan University, and is a frequent contributor to articles, magazines, etc.

Yoshihisa Tanaka(Graphic Designer and Artist)

Born in 1980. His major work to date includes VI planning for Tokyo Photographic Art Museum and other cultural facilities, art direction of the POST bookshop and the TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR, and periodic creation of works as an artist. He is also active as half of the artist duo “Nerhol,” together with sculptor Ryuta Iida.

Rika Noguchi(Photographer)

Born in 1971 in Saitama City, currently living in Naha, Okinawa. In 1994 she graduated from Nihon University’s College of Art, Department of Photography. She began production of photographic works during her university years, and has been active both in Japan and abroad mainly with exhibitions of her works. She has also participated in numerous international exhibitions of contemporary art, most recently the 21st Biennale of Sydney, “SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement” (2018).

Kimi Himeno(Principal and director of AKAAKA Art Publishing)

Established AKAAKA Art Publishing in 2006. To date the company has published more than 200 books, mainly photo books and art books. Publications include many recipients of the Kimura Ihei Award: Lieko Shiga (“CANARY” 2007); Atsushi Okada (“I am” 2007); Masashi Asada (“Asadake” 2008); Cozue Takagi (“MID” 2009; “GROUND” 2009); Arata Dodo (“Taigan” 2012); Ryuichi Ishikawa (“A Grand Polyphony” 2014; “okinawan portraits 2010-2012” 2014); and Aya Fujioka (“Here Goes River” 2017). Since 2018 she is also a professor at Osaka University of Arts.

Rei Masuda(Chief curator at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

Born in Kobe in 1968. Completed the graduate course in Area Studies at the University of Tsukuba. Since 1992 he has worked at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT). Among exhibitions he has curated in recent years are: “Josef Koudelka Retrospective” (2013), “Narahara Ikko: Domains” (2014), and “Thomas Ruff” (2016).

Organizer: Guardian Garden