Intro: Kyotographie International Photography Festival is held annually over four weeks during the height of the spring tourist season in Kyoto, in a style that is unique in Asia. Exhibitions are spread across the city, staged creatively in various traditional and contemporary settings. The festival create opportunities, bringing people together of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Now recognized as one of the world’s leading photography events, KYOTOGRAPHIE has attracted some 380,000 visitors from within Japan and overseas since 2013.
Exhbition: “THE HATARAKIMONO PROJECT”, AN EXTRA-ORDINARY TAPE-O-GRAPHIC ARCHIVE. K-NARF, a Tokyo-based French artist, started in 2016 the HATARAKIMONO PROJECT made of 102 Tape-o-graphic portraits of Japanese workers. This project creates an “Extra-Ordinary Visual Archive” for the future and preserves a barely highlighted mainstay of the Japanese culture: the strong respect for any kind of work and the people who are doing it. Together with the project exhibition, a street installation will display 80 full-size portraits of workers from the actual Kyoto Central Market area, a very abandoned part of the city most residents or tourists never get the chance to visit.
The theme for 2018 is “UP.” In today’s world it is easy to feel burdened, pulled down by the issues we face personally and as a global community. In 2018, KYOTOGRAPHIE invites you to look around, to look inside, in order to better look UP and trigger new personal and collective impetus towards ourselves and each other, to change our world through awareness, action and creation. Our hope is that visitors encounter UP in the various forms presented in KYOTOGRAPHIE 2018 and engage with these diverse values, in turn changing mindsets and going UP in our own way!