Momo Okabe

10/10 Celebrating Japanese Women Photographers


Curated by
Pauline Vermare,
Lucille Reyboz and
Yusuke Nakanishi


Momo Okabe, ILMATAR, 2020, Archival color C-print ©︎ Momo Okabe

Momo Okabe, ILMATAR, 2020, Archival color C-print ©︎ Momo Okabe

Momo Okabe, ILMATAR, 2017 ©︎ Momo Okabe

Born in Tokyo in 1981. Graduated from Nihon University College of Art in 2004. Momo Okabe’s major awards include the “New Cosmos of Photography Special Award” (selected by Nobuyoshi Araki) (1999, P3 art and environment, Tokyo) and the FOAM Paul Huf Award (2015, Foam Photography Museum, the Netherlands). She was selected for the 19th “Hitotsubo Exhibition” (2002, Guardian Garden, Tokyo) and the KASSEL PHOTOBOOK AWARD (2014, The PhotoBook Museum, Cologne, Germany). Major exhibitions include “Dildo & Bible” (2015, Foam Photography Museum, the Netherlands; Gallery Naruyama, Tokyo; other). Published photobooks include Il Matal (2020, Mandarake), UNSEEN / TSUNAMI (with Kohey Kanno) (2012, Dashwood Books), DILDO (2013, Session Press), and BIBLE (2014, Session Press).
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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