Mayumi Suzuki

10/10 Celebrating Japanese Women Photographers


Curated by
Pauline Vermare,
Lucille Reyboz and
Yusuke Nakanishi


Hōjō ©︎ Mayumi Suzuki

Hōjō ©︎ Mayumi Suzuki

Hōjō ©︎ Mayumi Suzuki

Born in Onagawa Town, Miyagi Prefecture 1977, graduated from the photography department at the Nihon University College of Art. A visual storyteller, Mayumi Suzuki creates works based on personal stories. She grew up in a family that ran a photo studio founded by her grandfather in 1930, and at the age of 18 began studying in the Department of Photography of Nihon University College of Art. After graduating, she worked as a freelance photographer, focusing on portraits. The Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 11, 2011. Suzuki’s hometown of Onagawa was destroyed by the tsunami and her parents lost their lives. Since that time, she has frequently returned to her hometown to record the efforts of people in the area to move forward from the disaster. Since 2020, she has been working on her new project “Hōjō” (fertility), which portrays her experience going through infertility treatment. Her The Restoration Will, self-published in 2017, has been highly acclaimed, receiving, among other awards, the Photobox Grand Prix (Italy) and the 2018 PHOTO ESPANA International Division Best Photobook of the Year (Spain). An up-and-coming Japanese artist, her work “Twilight Daylight” (Japanese title: “Ashita no hikari”) was shown at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 2020.
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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