Ai Iwane

10/10 Celebrating Japanese Women Photographers


Curated by
Pauline Vermare,
Lucille Reyboz and
Yusuke Nakanishi


A NEW RIVER ©︎ Ai Iwane

A NEW RIVER ©︎ Ai Iwane

A NEW RIVER ©︎ Ai Iwane

Born in Tokyo, Japan. In 1991, she left for the United States to study at Petrolia High School, where she pursued an off-the-grid, self-sustaining lifestyle. She began her career as a photographer in 1996 after returning to Japan. In 2018, she released the photo book KIPUKA (Seigensha Art Publishing), focusing on the immigrant ties between Hawaii and Fukushima, which was awarded the 44th Kimura Ihei Photography Award and the 44th Ina Nobuo Award. She also served as associate producer for the documentary film A Song from Home (Bon-uta) (directed by Nakae Yuji, 2018 Telecom Staff), and continues to engage in fieldwork-like activities to discover and reconnect invisible connections in distant lands. In 2021, she was awarded the New Photographer Award at the 37th Higashikawa International Photography Festival. Her work includes her latest series A NEW RIVER (bookshop M, 2020), and books Journey to Kipuka (Ohta Publishing, 2018) and Hawaii-shima no Bon Dance (Fukuinkan Shoten, 2016).
10/10 Celebrating 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.

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