Eagle and Raven ©︎ Ariko Inaoka
Eagle and Raven ©︎ Ariko Inaoka
Eagle and Raven ©︎ Ariko Inaoka
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Ariko Inaoka

稲岡亜里子

Eagle and Raven

10/10 Celebrating Contemporary Japanese Women Photographers

Supported by KERING’S WOMEN IN MOTION

Curated by
Lucille Reyboz,
Yusuke Nakanishi and
Pauline Vermare

HOSOO GALLERY

Ariko Inaoka had a very unusual and international upbringing between Japan and the United States. Born as the first child to the Honke Owariya the oldest Soba cakes and Soba noddle restaurant in Kyoto, founded more than 550 years ago, she discovered photography at the age of 17 while studying in the U.S. In 2002, she went to Iceland for the first time and fell in love with its landscapes and light. There, she met twin sisters, who seemed to share a subconscious understanding of each other without the use of words. Inaoka, who since her early childhood was able to sense the existence of things that were beyond human sight, was drawn into this mystic bond between them.

HOSOO GALLERY

10:30 - 17:30

Admission accepted 30 mins before the venue closes.

Adult: ¥1,500
Students: ¥1,200 (Please present your student ID)

Closed: 4/12, 4/19, 4/26

All visitors to the exhibition need to make reservations in advance.
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HOSOO GALLERY

HOSOO FLAGSHIP STORE 2F & 5F, 412, Kakimoto-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Subway Karasuma Line or Tozai Line ”Karasuma Oike” station. 2 min on foot from Exit 6

10/10 Celebrating Contemporary Japanese Women Photographers

Co-curated by Pauline Vermare, Independent curator and photography historian (formerly cultural director of Magnum Photos and curator at ICP, New York) and Co-founders/Co-directors of KYOTOGRAPHIE, Lucille Reyboz and Yusuke Nakanishi. Through the series shown in the exhibition, we see a reflection and perspective distinctive to each photographer, whether they are living and working in Japan or abroad. These powerful images will be presented in a scenography that embodies the KYOTOGRAPHIE spirit and gives each artist her own customized space, thanks to versatile and sustainable structure, conceived by Kyoto-based designer and architect Hiroyasu Konishi.

This exhibition is supported by Women In Motion, a Kering program that shines a light on the talent of women in the fields of arts and culture. Since 2015, Women In Motion has been a platform of choice for helping to change mindsets and reflect on women’s place and recognition across artistic fields.

Ariko Inaoka

Born in Kyoto. Photographer and 16th-generation head of Owariya soba business. Ariko Inaoka went to the United States at the age of 17, discovered photography in high school, and went on to study in the Photography program of Parsons School of Design in New York. After graduating, she started her career as a New York-based photographer. In 2001, she experienced the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. The following year she visited Iceland, where she was fascinated by the scenery of the water. Thus began a five-year period of traveling to Iceland to photograph the country’s water-filled landscape, culminating in the release of her first photobook, SOL (Akaaka Art Publishing), in 2008. The next year she began photographing twin sisters she met in Iceland; this project continued for eight years, culminating in 2020 release of her second photobook, Eagle and Raven (Akaaka Art Publishing). During this time, in 2014, she became the 16th head of the family business, which was founded over 550 years ago. She continues to lead a double work life, as head of the Owariya soba shop and as a photographer. She has been active in Europe, exhibiting at IBASHO gallery in Antwerp, Belgium in 2020, London Photo in 2020, Revela’T International Photo Fair in Spain in 2018. And she is invited to exhibit at Gerðuberg Library and Cultural Center in Reykjavik, Iceland for two months in November, 2022.

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