With just 13 weeks to go until Unseen Amsterdam 2017 we are overjoyed to welcome the stimulating and inspiring galleries from each corner of the world. Through the Gallery Spotlight this year we are showcasing galleries exhibiting at Unseen Amsterdam from specific geographical locations. This week we travel to the leading Japanese galleries. The galleries we look at this week are G/P Gallery and Gallery Naruyama. We are also visiting IBASHO, a Belgium based gallery that will exclusively represent Japanese artists at Unseen Amsterdam 2017.
Since 2008 G/P Gallery has consistently encouraged young Japanese talent by providing a platform for new artists through various group exhibitions, portfolio reviews and awards. The gallery prides itself on promoting young and pioneering photographers and generates a strong appreciation for the medium as an art form via critical discussion. Amongst other artists, this year Asami Kiyokawa’s work will be exhibited at Unseen Amsterdam. Her elegantly tactile approach combines photography and embroidery. With a background in fashion, her work eloquently reimagines the materiality of garments through the two dimensional image.
Photo: Deep Isolation, from the series Tokyo Monster, 2014 © Asami Kiyokawa/G/P gallery
Opening in 1997 the gallery questions science, medicine and anthropology. Throughout the years they have showcased both emerging and established Japanese as well as international artists. The gallery delivers a bespoke programme and curates themed exhibitions that merge artistic mediums such as photography, sculpture, and painting. They will be representing Japanese artist Momo Okabe in a solo show at Unseen Amsterdam 2017. Okabe’s work encompasses personal moments throughout her life and the people that surround her. With themes of isolation, identity and sadness, Okabe uses the camera as an extension of herself. She will be presenting a new series titled Tote, which examines what it means to be a woman and the difficulties that go with it.
Photo: Untitled, from the series Tote, 2015 © Momo Okabe/Gallery Naruyama
Focusing solely on Japanese artists this Belgian based gallery also represents Western artists whose work has a strong affiliation with Japan. IBASHO aims to highlight the versatility within Japanese photography. The photobook stands central within the medium of photography in Japan and this is highlighted in the galleries programme through new and antiques Japanese publications. One of the artists joining the gallery this year is Miho Kajioka. After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Kajioka became reconnected with photography. Her approach to documenting everyday life gently portrays the beauty of the subject whilst holding underlying themes of loss and memory.
Photo: BK0068, 2015 © Miho Kajioka/IBASHO
Discover all of the 2017 galleries here.