Women In Motion partners with Kyotographie 2024

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Women In Motion partners with Kyotographie 2024

Kering extends its collaboration with the Kyotographie international festival through Women In Motion. Established by the Group with the aim of highlighting gender inequality in the field of culture and the arts, the program will lend its support to the exhibition "From our windows," which presents a dialogue between the works by Rinko Kawauchi and Tokuko Ushioda. Discover this original exhibition nestled within the ancient city of Kyoto from April 13 to May 12, 2024.

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Exploring the "Source" at Kyotographie 2024

Since 2021, Women In Motion supports Kyotographie, Japan's unmissable international showcase of photography which brings together acclaimed artists and emerging talent to bring fresh perspective to photographic art.
Now in its twelfth year, Kyotographie 2024 takes a deep dive into the "Source," a theme investigated through thirteen exhibitions, each with a distinct view, oscillating between a return to primal origins and perpetual renewal; a place where conflict arises, or freedom is obtained. 
Since 2023, Kering and Kyotographie spotlight Japanese women photographers, affording established artists the opportunity to create a dialogue with their selected emerging talent in a unique exhibition.
In this spirit, following the collaboration between Ishiuchi Miyako and Yuhki Touyama in 2023, multi-award-winning artist Rinko Kawauchi was tasked with unearthing an emerging or undiscovered talent. Kawauchi's attention was then drawn to the works of Tokuko Ushioda, a Japanese photographer born in 1940, sparking the creation of an original exhibition entitled "From our windows".

Kyotographie 2024 featured artists

The exhibition juxtaposes the works of two Japanese women photographers from different generations who are united by the themes they reflect. 
Family and children feature prominently the photographic creations of Rinko Kawauchi and Tokuko Ushioda, who are 52 and 84 years old, respectively. 
An artist with global reach, Kawauchi will ein xhibit Cui Cui and as it is, while Ushioda will present her masterworks, Ice Box and My Husband. Presented in two equally-sized spaces, and interacting through windows, these two bodies of photography engage in a dialogue between eras that deployed distinct techniques to create photographic art. 


Rinko Kawauchi

Rinko Kawauchi was born in Shiga in 1972. She is a celebrated contemporary photographer the world over. In 2002, she was awarded the 27th Kimura Ihei Award for her photobooks entitled Utatane and Hanadi. Most recently, some 21 years later, Kawauchi scooped the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize at the Sony World Photography Awards. Her most notable works include Illuminance (2011), Ametsuchi (2013) and Halo (2017). The books Yamanami (2022) and Making Daidai Shoten (2022, in collaboration with Hisako Tajiri) document her work, which has been exhibited worldwide, including in Japan, such as Rinko Kawauchi: M/E - On this sphere Endlessly interlinking, held in 2022 at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery and in 2023 at the Shiga Museum of Art.


Untitled, from the series "as it is" ©Rinko Kawauchi

Untitled, from the series "Cui Cui" ©Rinko Kawauchi

Untitled, from the series "Cui Cui" ©Rinko Kawauchi

Tokuko Ushioda

Born in Tokyo in 1940. Tokuko Ushioda studied under Kiyoji Otsuji at Kuwasawa Design School before graduating in 1963. From 1966 to 1978, she taught the very same school and Tokyo Zokei University. Ushioda has pursued a career as a freelance photographer since 1975, with a focus on more familiar subject matter as exemplified by Ice Box, in which she photographed the contents of various families' refrigerators. Her work has garnered recognition, albeit delayed, since 2018 when her Bibliotheca series won the Domon Ken Award, the Photographic Society of Japan's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Higashikawa International Photo Festival’s Domestic Photographer Award. In 2019, Ushioda scooped the Kuwasawa Special Award. Most recently, My Husband, a two-volume set of never-before-seen intimate photographs taken in the late 1980s, received the Jury's Special Mention at the 2022 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation photobook awards.

From the series "My Husband" ©Tokuko Ushioda, Courtesy PGI


From the series "ICE BOX" ©Tokuko Ushioda, Courtesy PGI

From the series "ICE BOX" ©Tokuko Ushioda, Courtesy PGI

Practical information

The exhibition will be held from April 13 through May 12, 2024, at the Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art.

Women In Motion and Kyotographie

Launched in 2015 as part of the Festival de Cannes with the aim of shining a light on talented women and the inequalities they face, the Women In Motion program extended into Japan from 2017. This was followed by an initial Talk with film director, Naomi Kawase, and partnerships with prestigious Japanese festivals. Initially centered on the film industry, Kering's program has since expanded to all fields of the arts and culture such as photography.

In this spirit, 2019 saw Women In Motion partner up with Les Rencontres d'Arles and Kyotographie, before teaming up with two high-profile photography festivals in 2021. That same year, the program supported the "Women Artists from the MEP Studio: New perspectives in film and photography from France" exhibition, joining forces with the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) for the ninth edition of Kyotographie.