Noriko Hayashi

10/10 Celebrating Japanese Women Photographers


Curated by
Pauline Vermare,
Lucille Reyboz and
Yusuke Nakanishi


A photo of Takiko Ide taken with her husband just before they left Japan to move to North Korea
in 1961. On this day, Takiko wore a Korean traditional dress “Chima Chogori” for the first time.

Portrait of Takiko Ide (1927–2016)
Born in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. She moved to North Korea with her Korean husband and their children in 1961.

Akiko Ota (b.1940–) looks at a print of Ishikawa Prefecture, her hometown. Since moving to North Korea in 1967, she has not been able to visit Japan.

Noriko Hayashi is a documentary photographer who focuses on social and gender issues. Her long-term project on Japanese wives living in North Korea explores conceptions of space, place, and personal history, looking at how these relate to individual and social memories. Hayashi’s work has been recognized internationally with awards such as the NPPA Best of Photojournalism, the Visa d’Or feature award at the Visa pour l’Image festival. She was also a finalist at the Alexia Foundation Professional Award and the Amnesty Media Awards. Noriko has published two photo books, AlakaChuu (National Geographic, 2014) and The Prayer of the Yazidis about the plight of Yazidis in Iraq’s civil war (Akaaka Art Publishing, 2016). Her work has been featured worldwide in publications like The New York Times, GRANTA, Stern, National Geographic, Marie Claire, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, and many others. She is represented by Panos Pictures, UK.
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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