In 2013, French photographer, Lucille Reyboz, and Japanese light artist, Yusuke Nakanishi, created the Kyotographie festival with an ambition to showcase traditional and contemporary photographic art, presenting both Japanese and international artists. The month-long festival takes place at a dozen of venues in the ancient city of Kyoto, creating an artistic dialogue and providing a platform for discussion and encounters between recognized photographers and emerging talent.
As a partner of Kyotographie, the Women In Motion program supports the “10/10 Celebrating Contemporary Japanese Women Photographers” exhibition, curated by Kyotographie’s co-founder/co-director Reyboz and Nakanishi, and with photography historian and independent curator, Pauline Vermare. To honor a decade of Kyotographie as well as its host country, this exhibition brings together ten contemporary Japanese photographers. The works of the featured women artists give a reflection and a perspective of Japanese society and social issues that each of the face and are expressed in powerful and distinctive ways.
The “10/10 Celebrating Contemporary Japanese Women Photographers” exhibition unites the artistic talents of ten Japanese women photographers: Yukari Chikura, Noriko Hayashi, Mayumi Hosokura, Ariko Inaoka, Ai Iwane, Momo Okabe, Harumi Shimizu, Mayumi Suzuki, Hideka Tonomura and Tamaki Yoshida. In the words of the curators, the exhibition is designed “as a symphony comprising ten individual exhibitions” – a nod to this year’s theme, One. It also reflects the festival’s multi-faceted purpose, which fosters appreciation of photography as a medium of artistic expression and as an art form. The exhibition’s original scenography by Kyoto based architect Hiromitsu Konishi of miso, presents a history of Japanese women’s photography, embracing diversity.
The exhibition will be held from April 9 through May 8, 2022, at the HOSOO gallery, in Kyoto.
Launched in 2015 as part of the Festival de Cannes, 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. Ever since, the program has stepped up its commitment to shine a light on women’s talent, expanding into new fields of the arts and culture such as photography.
The Kyotographie partnership was kick-started in 2019. In 2021, Women In Motion 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. By supporting this exhibition in Kyotographie, Women In Motion is further developing its activities and commitments to helping women in the world of photography. It is also encouraging a debate about their contribution and recognition in both this discipline and culture and the arts in general, with inequality now being an issue for all areas of the creative arts.