鷲尾和彦

KAZUHIKO WASHIO

STATEMENT:

“Memorization” is not an act of crystallizing the past.

Memories, created by finding and connecting with stories of particular moments, are not just accumulated in human mind; memories are constantly moving, and they help form the present and the future by reflecting the stories on different spaces and human minds.

Indeed, “memorization” is a creative process, and that is where the power of photography – creative and positive – comes from.

Memories, which are rooted in the land we live in, are subtly transformed as society becomes increasingly complex and diversified. What photography can do is to cultivate, look at, and keep the traces of those memories alive – to be passed on to the future generations.

BIO:

  • Born in Hyogo, Japan.
  • 1998 Beginning of self-taught photographic career. In 2009, “Hotel Fareast”, a collection of photographs taken over a five-year period on overseas travelers visiting Japan, won Photo Documentary Nippon Award (Guardian Garden). The collection, titled “Hotel Fareast”, was published in 2009 by AKAAKA art publishing. (This “Hotel Fareast” project is still ongoing over ten years)
    In 2011, immediately after the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, Washio went on fieldwork with Naoki Ikezawa, a Japanese author/poet, in the affected areas. The outcome of the joint fieldwork were a publication “Haru wo Urandari Shinai” and a photography book “On The Horizon”. In 2014, “To The Sea” a collection of photographs of coastlines across Japan taken over fifteen years, will be published by AKAAKA art publishing, in cooperation with Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio、a Nobel Prize novelist. Washio’s photographic works consistently and continually portray his home country, Japan, from a global or outsider’s perspective.

EXHIBITION (solo / selected) :

  • 2001.12. “Indian Summer” (Gallery Kowa, Tokyo)
  • 2004.09. “Head to the sky” (Gallery Seyagaya 233, Tokyo)
  • 2005.08. “Passengers in the fareast” (Roonee 247 photography, Tokyo)
  • 2006.07. “Passengers in the fareast” (Guardian Garden, Tokyo)
  • 2008.10. “Hotel Fareast” (Nikon Salon, Ginza & Osaka)
  • 2010.03. “Hotel Fareast” (Gallery AKAAKA, Tokyo)
  • 2012.01. “Wandering Souls” (Gallery TantoTempo, Kobe)
  • 2012.03. “On the Horizon ~ Remembrance3.11 ” (Nikon Salon, Shinjuku & Osaka)
  • 2013.01. “Journey in to the Life” (Nishiwaki Hospital, Hyogo)
  • 2014.07. “To the Sea” (Roonee 247photography, Tokyo)
  • 2015.02. “To the Sea” (Gallery Coal Pit, Fukushima)
  • 2015.04. “High Water” (Totora-do, Kanagawa)
  • 2015.09. “To the Sea (2014-2015)” (Gallery Seyagaya 233, Tokyo)
  • 2015.10. “Zushi” (Totora-do, Kanagawa)
  • 2016.02. “The Fishery” (rengoDMS, Tokyo /Toba city area~street exhibition)
  • 2016.07. “A la Mer” (Espace KUU, Taisho University, Tokyo)

EXHIBITION (group / selected) :

  • 2006.05. “The Exposed ” (CASO, Osaka)
  • 2008.08. “5 Photographers Show” (Gallery illum, Seoul, Korea)
  • 2009.09. “Ulsan International Photography Festival” (Ulsan, Korea)
  • 2011.11. “Portraits” (Emon Photo Gallery, Tokyo)
  • 2013.11. “Emerging Photographer’s Show” (Mt.Rokko International Photography Festival, Kobe)
  • 2014.06. “Photographies and words” (Setagaya Life Style Design Center, Tokyo)
  • 2014.11. “La Librairie imaginaire TOKYO-GA @Paris” (GALERIE-T, Paris)
  • 2015.06. “Photobook exhibition”  (Athens Photo Festival, Greece)
  • 2016.09. “Transit” (Ars Electronica Festival, Austria)
  • 2017.03. “Seize the Uncertain Day” (Chinretsukan Gallery, The University Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo)

PUBLIC COLLECTION :

KIYOSATO PHOTO ART MUSEUM, Japan.

AWARD:

  • 2002. Young Portfolio Award (Kiyosato Photo Art Musium)
  • 2003. TPCC Award (Tokyo Photographic Culture Center)
  • 2006. Photo Documentary Nippon 2006 (Gardian Garden)

PUBLICATIONS :

  • 2006. “Photo Documentary Nippon 2004-2006 ” (Guardian Garden)
  • 2009. “Hotel Fareast” (AKAAKA art publishing)
  • 2011. “Haru wo Urandarihashinai” (in collaboration with Natsuki Ikezawa, Chuo Koron Shinsha)
  • 2011. “Tokyo 24h” (Nikkei BP publishing)
  • 2012. “On the Horizon” (One Drops)
  • 2014. “To the Sea” (AKAAKA art publishing)

LECTURES (selected) :

  • 2010.01. “Photography and words for our new adventure” with Akiko Otake (Novelist) at ABC seminar room.
  • 2010.02. “Photography and words for our new adventure” with Keijiro Suga (professor, Meiji University) at Gallery AKAAKA.
  • 2010.08. “Mover or Stayer: a new documentary” at Nippon Photography Institute, Tokyo.
  • 2011.04. “Photography about Tokyo 2011” at On Sundays, Tokyo.
  • 2011.05. “Photography and Words after Disaster” with Takeki Sugiyama (curator) at Gallery Tantotempo, Kobe.
  • 2011.09. “Photography and Words after Disaster” with Natsuki Ikezawa (nevelist) at Junkudo seminar room, Tokyo.
  • 2012.03. “Photography and Words after Disaster” with Mariko Takeuchi (photo critic) at Nikon Salon, Tokyo.
  • 2012.08. “Images and words” at Nippon Photography Institute, Tokyo.
  • 2016.09. “transit, refugees” at Ochanomizu University, Tokyo.
  • 2016.10. “Ars electronica” at Delegation of the European Union to Japan, Tokyo.

FILM (as a creative director, producer / selected) :

  • 1998. “The Stone” (Cinematography by Christopher Doyle, Directed by Kazuhiko Washio)
  • 2000. “Live, Love, Drive” (Directed by Vincent Gallo)
  • 2011. “ A cloudy day, a lucky day” (Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita)
  • 2012. “Katsura, Sanshi : How to keep walking ” (Directed by Miwa Nishikawa)
  • 2012. “Wasabida” (Directed by Naomi Kawase)

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