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2015 Theme: TRIBE―What’s your Story?

“Nostalgia is surfacing around the world. Many who live in the urban culture of the 21st century are acting on the desire to return to a culture of reciprocity on which tribal societies were once composed. More and more people are fed up with money—the controller of people’s fates and nation states—now seeping into the domain of art. “

Ryuichi Sakamoto
New York, March 17th, 2015

KYOTOGRAPHIE understands the modern TRIBE as a group of people not only bound by he-reditary connection based on place and blood, but also by individual will and systems of value that transcend race and national boundaries. Our desire in 2015 was to display the diverse nature of human relations through the medium of photography.

Francis Wolff, BLUE TRAIN (Album of John Coltrane) , 1577 / © Francis Wolff/Mosaic Images

1.Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts, Photographic Collections
Last Samurais, First Photographs TORAYA Kyoto Gallery

2.Lucas Foglia
A Natural Order
Yuuhisai Koudoukan

Martin Gusinde
The Spirit of the Tierra del Fuego people, Sel’knam, Yamana, Kawésqar
Temporary paper pavillon by Shigeru Ban Kyoto City Hall open square

4. Roger Ballen
Roger Ballen’s Shadowland 1969–2014
COMME des GARÇONS Kyoto (a)
Horikawa Oike Gallery (b)

5. Francis Wolff
A Vision of Jazz: Francis Wolff and Blue Note Records

6. Suntag Noh
reallyGood, murder
Gallery SUGATA

7.Marc Riboud
「Alaska」 presented by CHANEL NEXUS HALL
Kondaya Genbei Kurogura

8.Yusuke Yamatani
Tsugi no yoru e

9.Kimiko Yoshida
All that’s not me
Noguchi Residence, Karaku-an

10.RongRong & inri
Tsumari Story
Ryosokuin (Kenninji temple)

11.Oliver Sieber
Imaginary Club

12.Fosco Maraini
The Enchantment of the Women of the Sea
by “Museo delle Culture” of Lugano
Traditional building in Gion Shinbashi

13.Louis Jammes

14.Baudouin Mouanda
The Sapeurs of Bacongo Murakamijyu Building B1

Roger Ballen, Mimicry, 2005 / © Roger Ballen

The photographs displayed showed different shades and contours of modern tribes—from groups of people connected through Indigenous culture to those brought together by mediums of communication such as the Internet.
We hoped this new perspective we call TRIBE would allow us to see our place amidst the chaos of the era of information and help us acknowledge the tribes of others. If we can create a world in which the beauty and preciousness of anyone first enters our field of view, perhaps war and discrimination will slowly fade away.