[2016] 4th Edition: Circle of Life

In linear time, people simply leave events far behind. We believe in its linearity because we perceive an active aspect of growth as well as the negative aspect og aging. Gladly we do away with the follies of infancy yet are sad to slowly lose our hand-won gains. Until ultimately death awaits to command us to discard all we had garnered in life – a fitting negation to our possibility at the moment of birth.

Hirano Keiichiro (from KYOTOGRAPHIE 2016 Catalog)

PLANKTON: A Drifting World at the Origin of Life
supported by BMW
Christian Sardet: images
Shiro Takatani: installation | Ryuichi Sakamoto: sound
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art Annex (2F)

Christian Sardet from France, captures the beauty and diversity of live planktonic organisms using macro and micro-photography including new images taken with the Macronauts last fall in Shimoda, Japan. Shiro Takatani, one of the best known visual artists in Japan, created the video installation for plankton in collab-oration with Christian Sardet. The sound is created by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

YKSI: Mouth of the River,
Snake in the Water, Bones of the Earth
Arno Raphael Minkkinen

Arno Rafael Minkkinen photographs the beauty of nature: Forests. Lakes. His own naked body. The title, “YKSI,” means the number “One” in Finnish. Minkkinenʼs work is internationally renowned for his original style, but this is his first exhibition in Japan. This group of images spans nearly three decades of photographs taken all over the world. It also includes new works photographed in Kyoto for KYOTOGRAPHIE.

A Circle is the ultimate system, the perfect emblem. Tracing the birth, life and death of all natureʼs creations. Everything connects, intersecting, expanding, creating powerful patterns, showing us the fragility and beauty
of our existence.

Through these exhibitions we invite everyone to imagine their own role in this great
“Circle of Life.”

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