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Rinko Kawauchi

Japanese, b. 1972

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Rinko Kawauchi

Japanese, b. 1972

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Shooting primarily with a six-by-six format camera, Rinko Kawauchi captures natural phenomena in images characterized by a serene, poetic quality. People rarely appear in her images, which range in subject from city streets, flowers, and oceans, to a deer lying dead on the side of a road. In a series titled “Illuminance”, Kawauchi evokes ideas of dreams, temporality, and the divine; in one image, Untitled (2007), taken at the base of subway stairs, commuters climb to the station’s exit as a ray of diffuse sunlight descends the stairs, bringing a transcendent aspect. “It’s not enough that the photograph is beautiful,” she has said. “If it doesn’t move my heart, it won’t move anyone else’s heart.” Kawauchi puts careful thought into the sequencing and juxtaposition of her image displays, and has also produced video works that capture birds moving over Brighton Beach in England, or Japan’s Mount Aso during an annual field-burning ritual.

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Biography

Shooting primarily with a six-by-six format camera, Rinko Kawauchi captures natural phenomena in images characterized by a serene, poetic quality. People rarely appear in her images, which range in subject from city streets, flowers, and oceans, to a deer lying dead on the side of a road. In a series titled “Illuminance”, Kawauchi evokes ideas of dreams, temporality, and the divine; in one image, Untitled (2007), taken at the base of subway stairs, commuters climb to the station’s exit as a ray of diffuse sunlight descends the stairs, bringing a transcendent aspect. “It’s not enough that the photograph is beautiful,” she has said. “If it doesn’t move my heart, it won’t move anyone else’s heart.” Kawauchi puts careful thought into the sequencing and juxtaposition of her image displays, and has also produced video works that capture birds moving over Brighton Beach in England, or Japan’s Mount Aso during an annual field-burning ritual.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Institution
Collected by a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
Shows Featuring Rinko Kawauchi
Articles Featuring Rinko Kawauchi
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8 Female Photographers You Should Know at Unseen Amsterdam
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Mar 11th, 2016
Five Years after the Fukushima Earthquake, Intimate Photographs Remember a Devastated Japan
Rinko Kawauchi Takes On Heaven and Earth
Feb 19th, 2014
Rinko Kawauchi Takes On Heaven and Earth
The Top 10 Japanese Artists on Artsy
Sep 23rd, 2013
The Top 10 Japanese Artists on Artsy
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