Coco Capitán ココ・カピタン
With the support of LOEWE FOUNDATION and HEARST Fujingaho
From October until December 2022, Coco Capitán lived in Kyoto as part of KYOTOGRAPHIE’s artist-in-residency program. During that time she created her series Ookini, about teenagers and young people living in Kyoto. Capitán used her film camera to portray people from all kinds of backgrounds, from a future kama master, son of kyogen performer, daughters of doll maker, zen monk students, maiko, and other people whose daily lives are rooted in traditional culture, to college and high school students and other young people she met by chance as she rode her bicycle around Kyoto. To everyone who agreed to help her with her series, Capitán expressed her gratitude with the Kansai phrase for Thank you: Ookini!
In addition to fine art, Capitán collaborates with various fashion brands and companies on commercial work. Using her freedom of expression as an artist, she does not shy away from working in the capitalist marketplace – on the contrary, she says this approach has helped broaden her range of possibilities and expression. She works in a variety of genres and media, including painting, photography, and poetry, and actively experiments with diverse methods to connect directly with her audience, as if to provide everyone with their own unique entrance to her body of work.
The young generation of Kyoto, whom Capitán photographed freely, in her own way. Individuality and cooperation, made visible by conventions embedded in tradition and fashion. Is this not the nature of communities where people accept each other? Capitán’s writings, her unvarnished thoughts and feelings, penned without regard for any rules, may gently open the lid of the hearts of people who hesitate to express their own feelings.
Coco Capitán ココ・カピタン
Born in Seville, Spain in 1992, Coco Capitán lives and works between London and Mallorca. She completed her Master of Fine Arts with Honours in the field of Photography at London’s Royal College of Art in 2016. Her art practice straddles the worlds of fine art and commercial art, and includes photography, painting, installation, and prose. Recent solo shows include Naïvy in 50 [definitive] Photographs at Parco Gallery (Tokyo, 2022), Naïvy at Maximillian William Gallery (London, 2021), Busy Living at the Maison Européene de la Photographie (Paris, 2020), and Is It Tomorrow Yet? at Daelim Museum (Seoul, 2019). She has published several books, including Naïvy, If You’ve Seen It All Close Your Eyes, and Middle Point Between my House and China.
99-10, Sueyoshi-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Keihan Line “Gion-shijo” station. 3 min on foot from Exit 7
Hankyu Line “Kyoto Kawaramachi” station. 5 min on foot from Exit 1
Artist Tour: Coco Capitán “Ookini”
Moments with Coco Capitán
Komyo-in Zen Temple
PANEL DISCUSSION “Scenography on KYOTOGRAPHIE”
Kurochiku Tenshokan 2F