New York

Risaku Suzuki, Kumano, 1997, chromogenic print.

Risaku Suzuki, Kumano, 1997, chromogenic print.

New York

“Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan”

International Center of Photography Museum (ICP)
250 Bowery
May 16–September 7, 2008

Curated by Noriko Fuku and Christopher Phillips

Despite the predominance of cosmopolitanism and mass-media images in 1990s Japanese art, certain artists captured the specificity of contemporary Japanese experience. This exhibition features some eighty photographs and videos by thirteen artists who came of age during the ‘90s and who work in a vernacular vein. Offering an alternative to the prevailing characterization of today's Japanese art as “neo-Pop,” the presentation will show, for example, how the work of Daido Moriyama and Yasumasa Morimura has been transformed in younger artists’ work, like Naoya Hatakeyama's and Risaku Suzuki's disorienting landscapes and Miwa Yanagi's and Tomoko Sawada's staged photographs playing with constructions of Japanese female identity. Travels to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, summer 2009; and other venues.