Discovering the Next Generation of Young Photographers
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.
Born in 1991.
Born in 1993. Graduated from University of the Arts London with a concentration in Photography.
Born in 1991. Kyoto University of Art and Design, Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Contemporary Art and Photography Course.
Born in Inner Mongolia, China.
2015: Entered Musashino Art University, Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences
2018-2019: Studied at École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris
2020: Graduated from Musashino Art University
January 2020: Norio Kobayashi and Christophe Charles Awards at Musashino Art University Graduation Exhibition
October 2019: Best Portfolio Grand Prix at T3 Photo Festival
October 2019: Grand Prize in 21st “1_Wall” Photography Competition
March 2018: Kimi Himeno Prize in 18th “1_Wall” Photography Competition
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (12 works)
November 19 – December 7, 2019: “If Life Were Given,” Fugensha (Higashi-ginza, Tokyo)
June 6 – June 17, 2019: “Puzzle Mapping,” AMAC Projects (Paris, France)
Group Exhibitions, etc.
July 7 – July 19, 2020 Culture Centre in flotsam books
July 1 – November 8, 2020 2019 Young Portfolio, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts
July 2020 Published zine “A part of u/me”
June 2020 Published zine “Big brother is watching you”
January 2020 Graduation Exhibition, Musashino Art University
October 2019 21st “1_WALL” Photography Exhibition, Guardian Garden (Tokyo)
April 2019 Published zine “Through”
April 2019 Published zine “Sacrifice”
March 21 – June 16, 2019 2018 Young Portfolio, Kiyosata Museum of Photographic Arts
February 2019 “Mom Land,” École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris
December 2018 École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris, Atelier Guillaume, PARIS WEEK
November 2018 École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris, BLOW UP
November 7 – November 14, 2018 Photo Saint-Germain au Beaux-Arts de Paris(Paris, France)
June 22 – June 24, 2018 Shanghai Art Book Fair
June 2018 Published zine “Cho”
January 2017 “One Hour East,” China-Japan Friendship Exhibition, Shanghai
Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)
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.
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.
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 he 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).
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.
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