Since 2013, IMA Media Project has been organizing the exhibition annually in special collaboration with Panasonic Corporation and its brand, LUMIX, to support and develop young talented artists who will lead the way for the future of Japanese fine art photography. This is going to be our sixth exhibit with venues in Amsterdam, Paris and Tokyo as in the last year. LUMIX MEETS BEYOND 2020 BY JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHERS #6 will also collaborate with international photography festivals. In line with this year’s theme, “how best to understand the world of uncertainty,” we set out to explore photographic works that need to be seen and appreciated now.
Today, the world faces more daunting challenges than ever before, and many issues remain unresolved. On the other hand, technological innovations have given us a wealth of opportunities, transforming our lives every second. It is said that we are crossing to an unprecedented new era of the posthuman. Millennials grew up in a time of marked advances in technology and amid a lot of uncertainty. This exhibition will feature how this generation of young people thinks and views the world. Modern communications have led to the rise of new types of creativity and innovation coming from somewhere between two seemingly contrasting worlds, such as the fiction and the reality, the analogue and the digital, or journalism and art. It is increasingly important to recognize and understand what the new generation has to offer.
This year, six emerging photographers selected by IMA Media Project will participate in the exhibition. Takeshi Mita creates compelling visual experiences where reality and fiction subtly mingle. Taro Karibe addresses issues prevalent in the world today from a journalistic perspective. Riyo Nemeth calmly observes the encounter between still and moving images. These three artists are going to show their new work shoot especially for the exhibition with LUMIX G9. Other three artists are Sayuri Ichida, Yoko Kusano and Kenta Nakamura. We are absolutely thrilled to showcase what they see and communicate in society which has become ever more complicated. It is fascinating to watch how millennials use photography as a medium to cope with uncertainty in today’s world. This year’s BEYOND 2020 is set to shed light on their dedication to the art of photography as well as their bold and unique creations.
Born in Fukuoka in 1985. After graduating from Tokyo Visual Arts College in 2006, Ichida worked as a studio assistant at Iino Media Pro in Tokyo for three years. She moved to London in 2009 and then to New York in 2012. Received Japan Photo Award in 2016. This year, she was selected among the winners for the Fotofilmic 18 Shortlist Show held in Canada. This coming October, she is going to participate in the 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography Barcelona, Spain. Also, her solo exhibition will be held at Space Place in Russia in September.
Born in Aichi, 1988. Karibe received a Bachelor of Psychology at Nanzan University in 2012. While at university, he studied in the U.K. and Johannesburg, working for a NGO controlling epidemics in South Africa. After working a few years in corporate banking, he became a freelance photographer. His practice explores themes of the uncernity of the boundary between the self and the other and the contingency of the world. He has earned both national and international acclaim for his work, which has appeared in numerous magazines, including the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Born in Fukushima in 1993. Kusano studied graphic design at Kuwasawa Design School. She photographed extensively while at college and was selected by Masafumi Sanai for an Excellence Award in Canon New Cosmos of Photography 2014. Since then, she has been working in a variety of media with a focus on fashion and lifestyle magazines. Her first book, EVERYTHING IS TEMPORARY was published in 2017 and her latest book will be published by Roshin Books in September 2018.
Born in Hiroshima in 1979. Finished M.A. Painting, Tama Art University Graduate Course in 2004. Mita has been exploring the theme of experience through his artwork and known for his original perspective and thought-provoking images that deal with pervasive information in today’s world. Major awards include the Grand Prix at TOKYO FRONTLINE PHOTO AWARD in 2014, the Excellence Award at Canon New Cosmos of Photography in 2015, as well as the Gotoh Cultural Award in Fine Art Division in 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include Bundle of LIFE at Media shop gallery in Kyoto, 2017 and The fictitious at Ying Gallery in China, 2017.
Born in 1981. In 2016, he was selected as one of the 30 best photographers, with one of his images selected as the best photos of the year by Vogue Italia. His s critically acclaimed series, Your Story, in which his subjects were photographed wearing 3D glasses, was featured in a range of media worldwide. Solo exhibitions include Your Story at Nizhny Tagil Museum of Fine Arts in Russia in 2017.
Born in Tokyo in 1989. Graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in 2012 and now lives and works in Tokyo. Using moving images and photography as her medium and often subject matter, Riyo Nemeth explores through various video editing techniques. The viewing subject which is often chosen from familiar views are reconstructed in two dimensions creating unfamiliar views to search for the differences between space, time and the tangibility within images.
In recent years, an increasing number of Japanese photographers have gone on to receive high acclaim and intrigue in the international fine-art photography market, while their works have been acquired for the permanent collections of major art institutions such as MoMA and Pompidou Center. While the wave of new talent from Japan continues to swell, IMA magazine has been hosting the exhibition series since 2013, with the special support from Panasonic Corporation / LUMIX, to support and foster the new and emerging generation of young photographers who will be the future leaders of Japanese fine-art photography. Welcomed with praise and success every year with venues in both Paris and Tokyo, this year marks the hosting of our sixth exhibition. Looking back at the past four years, it is remarkable that so many of the photographers who have exhibited works at the exhibition series are gaining recognition worldwide.
Yoshinori Mizutani, who participated in 2013 and 2014, has hosted numerous solo shows in major cities including Antwerp, London, Paris and Beijing, while taking part in international photography fairs and festivals such as “La Gacilly” in France. Additionally this year, Mizutani has been nominated as a finalist for the “Meijburg Art Commission 2017,” hosted by Unseen Amsterdam.
Daisuke Yokota, a participant in the 2014 show, can be safely described as one of the most noteworthy young Japanese photographers of today. Winner of the world-recognized Foam Paul Huf Award 2016 and more, Yokota has become one of the rising stars of the international photography scene.
Satoshi Fujiwara, who participated in 2015, received a request from an opera house located in Berlin in 2016, where he took the helm on the visual-related aspects of their advertising campaign -— leading to his works being displayed across various locales within the city. Fujiwara is currently hosting a solo exhibition at the “Osservatorio,” in Milan, Italy — a space managed by the Fondazione Prada and dedicated to photography and visual-language.
Hideyuki Ishibashi, a participant in our 2017 show, will be participating at a group exhibition held at Le Fresnoy and curated by the Palais de Tokyo in autumn of 2017.
Fumi Ishino, who participated in 2016, plans to publish a photo-collection entitled “Rowing a Tetrapod” in autumn of 2017 through London-based publisher MACK.
Kanako Azuma, who participated in 2016, plans to take part in the “7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art” in autumn of 2017.
Much to our delight, each of these artists from this exhibition series has become internationally recognized and sought after for their work.
Aside from publishing IMA Magazine, a fine-art photography magazine, the IMA Media Project also undertakes the direction of IMA ONLINE and organizes exhibitions and seminars linked with the contents contained within, centering its activities around the theme of “LIVING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY” and other fine-art photography contents.
In the midst of photography and photographic practices being reshaped by globalization, one of our missions is to provide opportunities for young and emerging photographers both within Japan and abroad. We are dedicated to find and help further cultivate the talent of outstanding young artists by way of our annual portfolio review, “STEP OUT!”. Through this endeavor, this year too we take pride and pleasure in continuing to introduce Japan’s freshest prospective photography talents to the international world of photography.
|DATE：||7-24 November, 2018
It will be held as part of Photo Saint-Germain.
|PLACE：||Galerie Nicolas Deman
12 rue Jacques Callot,
75006 Paris, France
To Be Determined
|DATE：||21-23 September, 2017
It will be held as part of Unseen Amsterdam.
Westergasfabriek, Klönneplein 1, 1014 DD,
|DATE：||21 September, 2018|
|All photographers are at the gallery during the event.|