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2nd Edition 2014 Theme: Our Environments

From 2014, we incorporated the theme “Our Environments”, under this theme we welcomed 13 exhibitions in a 15 extraordinary locations. In Hosodono, Shimogamo Shrine we exhibited Taishi Hirokawa’s photography of nuclear power plants on the Japanese coastline. In Kondaya’s kura (Japanese traditional stock room) we presented Stanley Greene’s documentary photos of war and global warming, this exhibition opened up the often overlooked and hidden realities the world and its people face.

At our main site, The Museum of Kyoto, we explored the meaning of the image and the future of photography through the MARS exhibition, this exhibition composed of prints and high tech video installation showing mind blowing images from the surface of Mars captured by a HiRISE camera on the NASA shuttle observation probe. The collaborative video piece transformed the image into a journey on one of the worlds largest 4K LED screens, measuring a massive 6m x 4.4m.

“The issues facing our planet and the human race are in dire need of true acknowledgement and understanding. We cannot be compliant in our lives. In Japan, and around the world, we all times become passive observers, apathetic to deceit and the challenges the fae our entire planet. It is up to all of us to act in a more proactive and positive way, and create lasting change. We should listen to Mother Nature and think honestly about our past, our present, and our future behavior.”

Lucille Reyboz & Yusuke Nakanishi
KYOTOGRAPHIE Co-founders / Co-direcotrs