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Naoki Ishikawa Capturing the Map of Light on This Planet

December 17, 2016, to February 26, 2017

From the series K2, 2015

This is the first large-scale solo exhibition by Naoki Ishikawa, a photographer who is active around the globe. Ishikawa completed a human-powered journey from the North Pole to the South Pole at the age of 22, succeeded in summiting the Seven Summits at 23, and continues to journey to diverse places. He has drawn much attention by shedding new light on our everyday and on the world through his unique style of photography, which integrates the perspectives of anthropology and folklore.

In this exhibition Ishikawa’s early works through the present—numerous series including ones on polar regions, Himalayan eight-thousanders and old-growth forests in New Zealand; CORONA, in which he visited Polynesian islands as if guided by the stars; NEW DIMENSION, in which he visited cave paintings around the world; and ARCHIPELAGO, in which he explored the islands that spread north–south in the Japanese archipelago, among others—are introduced in a comprehensive fashion, interwoven with his unpublished works.

Throughout his career Ishikawa has shown a strong interest in technique and wisdom for living—the art of living—handed down for generations in various areas around the globe. He has also consistently explored the organic network of places that divisions such as borders cannot fully capture. Ishikawa’s extensive quest with his eyes and feet is an anthropological fieldwork and at the same time can be seen as an endless journey to pursue art, whose original meaning is “technique.”

Through the footsteps of Naoki Ishikawa as a guide, we believe this exhibition will constitute an opportunity for us to see this planet called Earth from another perspective, distinctively different from the world map we are familiar with.



Naoki Ishikawa is a photographer who was born in 1977 in Tokyo and has a PhD from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. With his interests in fields such as anthropology and folklore, he has been traveling to all sorts of places, from the most remote to urban metropolises, and has continuously presented the resulting works. He received the Newcomer's Award from the Photographic Society of Japan, the Kodansha Publishing Culture Award for his NEW DIMENSION (AKAAKA Art Publishing) and POLAR (Little More), and the Domon Ken Award for CORONA (Seidosha). He has published numerous books, including The Last Adventurer (Shueisha), which received the Kaiko Takeshi Non-Fiction Award. In recent years, he has consecutively published five photographic publications that focus on the eight-thousanders in the Himalayan mountain range: Lhotse, Qomolangma, Manaslu, Makalu, and K2 (SLANT). His latest publications are the photographic publications DENALI (SLANT), KATA and SATOYAMA (Seidosha), and the book, My Tools (Heibonsha).



From the series DENALI, 1998

From the series THE VOID, 2005


From the series POLAR, 2007

From the series POLAR, 2007


From the series NEW DIMENSION, 2007

From the series VERNACULAR, 2008


From the series ARCHIPELAGO, 2009-

From the series ARCHIPELAGO, 2009-


From the series ARCHIPELAGO, 2009-

From the series CORONA, 2010


From the series ANTARCTICA, 2011

From the series ANTARCTICA, 2011


From the series K2, 2015


Outline

Title

Naoki Ishikawa Capturing the Map of Light on This Planet


Venue

Contemporary Art Gallery


Dates

12/17/2016-2/26/2017


Open Hours

9:30-18:00(no admittance after 17:30)


Closed

Mondays (except January 9, public holiday), January 10 and New Year holidays (December 26, 2016-January 3, 2017)


Admission

¥800 (¥600 for advance ticket and group of more than 20 people)
Free of charge for children under 9th grade, seniors over 65, the disabled and one accompanying attendant
*One-year Pass
¥1000: High Teen Pass “H.T.P.” for youth between the ages of 15 and 19
¥2500: Adult Pass for those aged 20 and over


Organized by

Mito Arts Foundation


Grants from

Nomura Foundation


Sponsored by

SHUEISHA Inc.


Supported by

Asahi Breweries, Ltd., The Sankei Shimbun, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE


Curated by

Yuu Takehisa (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)




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