Ken Kitano
Japanese, born 1968
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2015
Ken Kitano: Now, Here, and Beyond,
ROSEGALLERY
Tomoko Sawada: My Faces | Ken Kitano: our face - prayers,
Pace/MacGill Gallery
Now, Here, and Beyond | Ken Kitano,
Blindspot Gallery

Conceptual photographer Ken Kitano’s landscapes and portraits of contemporary Japan challenge what he perceives as globalization’s homogenization of time and space. In his “Our Face” (1999–) series, Kitano takes black-and-white photos of individuals in specific professions, clubs, and associations, then superimposes each photo atop one another. These ethereal and ghostlike images of composite sitters eradicate the different hierarchies and styles within a group, emphasizing their shared light and space. “‘Globalisation’ sounds like a structure where homogeneous people and a single ideology exist centering around one ‘center’,” he says. “There is no such thing as ‘the center’ in this world. I imagine the world to be composed of many localities.” Primarily driven by explorations of process, Kitano also uses extremely long exposures to capture different temporal experiences that the pace …

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