2024.04.13 - 05.12

Rinko Kawauchi × Tokuko Ushioda × Mariko Takeuchi “Keep photographing / To be free”
With the Support of KERING'S Women In Motion




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Left: ©︎ Rinko Kawauchi Right: ©Tokuko Ushioda, Courtesy PGI

This talk event will hilight the versatility of Kawauchi Rinko and Ushioda Tokuko as photographers. In line with the title "Keep photographing / to be free", the act of cutting out a portion of the world through the viewfinder of the small room of sorts that we call a "camera" has granted them a freedom of time that could not be controlled by anyone or anything.
Over the long span of months and years, as they continued to take photos, the act became a freedom in its own right.
The event will focus on the the path the led them to photography and becoming photorgaphers, the timing of starting something new in the photographery process, and how this all ultimately led them to their current mindset.
Additionally, they will touch on the topic of how they came to develop the shared theme for their exhibitions during this year's KYOTOGRAPHIE, the process of putting things together, and how their identities as both woman and photographers influenced their impressions of the process and one another.

Speakers Speakers

  • Rinko Kawauchi (KYOTOGRAPHIE 2024 Artist)

    Rinko Kawauchi (b. 1972 in Shiga, Japan) is an internationally acclaimed photographer. In 2002, she received the 27th Kimura Ihei Award for her series Utatane and Hanabi. In 2023, she was honored with the Sony World Photography Award for Outstanding Contributions to Photography. Her most notable series include Illuminance (2011), Ametsuchi (2013), and Halo (2017). Recent publications include the photobooks Yamanami (2022) and HERE AND NOW (2023, in collaboration with Shuntaro Tanigawa). Kawauchi’s work is frequently shown in exhibitions around the world and her native Japan, such as the major solo exhibition Rinko Kawauchi: M/E ― On this sphere Endlessly interlinking at Tokyo Opera City Gallery (2022) and Shiga Museum of Art (2023).

  • Tokuko Ushioda (KYOTOGRAPHIE 2024 Artist)

    Tokuko Ushioda (b. 1940 in Tokyo, Japan) studied under Yasuhiro Ishimoto and Kiyoji Otsuji at Kuwasawa Design School and graduated in 1963. She taught at Kuwasawa Design School and Tokyo Zokei University from 1966 to 1978. She has worked as a freelance photographer since 1975. In 2018 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. Other representative works include ICE BOX, in which she photographed the contents of various families’ refrigerators. In 2019 she won the Kuwasawa Special Award.

Moderator Moderator

  • Mariko Takeuchi (photography critic, an independent curator and associate professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design)



    Mariko Takeuchi is a writer and curator of photography based in Kyoto. She is a professor of Kyoto University of the
    Arts, now the head of Art Studies at the graduate school. Prior to this, she was a visiting researcher at the National
    Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and then at the National Museum of Art, Osaka. Takeuchi was also a guest curator
    for the Spotlight on Japan of Paris Photo 2008, and received a Fulbright Grant for her research of photography
    education in the US. In 2016 she was curator of Japan section at Dubai Photo Exhibition. Published works include
    her bilingual collection of essays titled "Silence and Image: Essays on Japanese Photographers" (2018) and her
    Japanese translation of Jonathan Torgovnik's "Disclosure: Rwandan Children Born of Rape" (2020) among many

Date 日時


Venue 会場



390ー2 Shimomaruya-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto

Fess 料金


Language 言語

In Japanese Only

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