Rinko Kawauchi: Majun Postcards
Beautiful and serene, Kawauchis postcard series of marine creatures swimming in Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Japan, is a feast for the eyes. Majun in Okinawa dialect means be together.
Rinko Kawauchi, born in Shiga, Japan, in 1972. Lives and works in Tokyo. Graduated from Seian University of Art and Design in 1993 and started working as a photographer on freelance basis from 1997. In 2001 she simultaneously released a series of three photographic books – UTATANE, HANABI, HANAKO from Little More, which created an overnight sensation in the photography world in Japan. In 2002, she was awarded prestigious 27th Annual Kimura Ihei Award for two of the books, UTATANE and HANABI. Awarded the 25th Infinity Award in Art Category, by ICP, NY in 2009, she is one of the most unique and notable photographers of her generation.?
Further publications of Rinko Kawauchi, which should be mentioned, are AILA (FOIL 2004), the eyes, the ears, and Cui Cui (FOIL, 2005 / both) and Semear (FOIL, 2007).
Major solo exhibitions include: Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris (2005), The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2006), “AILA + the eyes, the ears, ” Hasselblad Centre, Goeborg (2007), “?Semear” Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (2007), “Cui Cui” The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum (2008).
Major group exhibitions include: “Collection of the Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain” Museum Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2006), “Blooming: Brazil-Japan Where You Are” Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi (2008).?
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