The Michel Hoppen Gallery in London will host a major exhibition across all three of its floors from 18 September until the end of October for the renowned Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi who holds the Kimura Ihei, Japan’s highest award for photography.
The exhibition will showcase works from her early trilogy ‘Yokosuka Story’(1976-1977), ‘Apartment’(1977-1978), and ‘Endless Night’(1981), as well as having exclusive access outside Japan to her most recent series ‘Silken Dreams’. Ishiuchi is considered to be one of the greatest chroniclers of our time with a morbid fascination of the aged and decrepit. She captures her subjects with an invasive style both raw and gritty which characterise the tangible sense of time and place which pervades the body of her work giving insight into a contrasting tenderness and compassion.
In 2007, Ishiuchi photographed articles of clothing worn by the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which are archived at the Hiroshima Peace Museum Memorial. She also likes to focus on the human body with a specific interest in age and deformities. She said: “I cannot stop taking photographs of scars. They are visible events, recorded in the past. Both the scars and the photographs are the manifestation of sorrow for the many things which cannot be retrieved and for love of life as a remembered present.” These powerful and disturbing images document Ishiuchi’s investigation of the body and mortality which present its audiences with the bittersweet residue of inevitable change.
Her photographs can also be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
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