The river embraced me

Rinko Kawauchi

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Rinko Kawauchi — a photographer whose presence has spread across borders while drawing acclaim from both Japan and throughout the West. This pioneer of a new age of photography now brings you a solo exhibition of reflection — unifying both works from her first, signature collection as well as her newest compilation of photographs. Her exhibition begins in January of 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kumamoto.

This text, serving as an exhibition catalogue, functions also as a photobook of Kawauchi’s newly opened exhibition for The river embraced me. Her exhibition unifies the stories of people’s memories with works of photography — featuring her brand new works shot across forty different locations, all inspired by memories of the people of Kumamoto. By capturing the backdrops of these recollections, the experience brings life to memory within the photographer, and as such allows the viewer to feel the budding of memories of their own. Within time, flowing like a river, we find our memories embracing all of us. Through the scenes and places captured within these photographs, one finds this photo collection to be overflowing with refreshing moments — ones that open the doors to our own memory. Through opening a new frontier through Aso in Kumamoto as the backdrop of Kawauchi’s previous work “Ametsuchi,” we find her continuing her foresighted expression of what it means to feel “alive in the moment” throughout this newest work. Through this book, one can definitively see Kawauchi’s continuously unfolding potential.



Design: Yoshihisa Tanaka

Size: A4, hard cover, 80 pages

Languages: Japanese, English

Price: 2,800 yen

ISBN: 978-4-907562-04-5

Publisher: torch press

Year: 2016

Weight: 700g



Rinko Kawauchi
Born in 1972 in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo. In 2001 she simultaneously released a series of three photographic books – UTATANE, HANABI, and HANAKO from publisher Little More, and in 2002 she was awarded prestigious 27th Kimura Ihei Award. Other noteworthy Rinko Kawauchi publications include AILA (FOIL, 2004), the eyes, the ears, and Cui Cui (FOIL, 2005) and Illuminance, which was released consecutively in 2011 by five publishing companies across the world. She also received the eminent Infinity Award in 2009 in the Arts Category by the International Center of Photography, USA. Kawauchi has participated in and hosted a multitude of group and solo exhibitions both within Japan and all over the world. Some of her major solo exhibitions include: AILA + Cui Cui + the eyes, the ears at the Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris, France (2005); The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK (2006); AILA + the eyes, the ears at the Hasselblad Centre, Göteborg, Sweden (2007); Semear at the Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2007); Cui Cui at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, Japan (2008) and Illuminance, Ametsuchi, Seeing Shadow, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2012). As of June 2013, publishing firms from four different countries plan to print her photography collection Ametsuchi, including the publishing firm Aperture. In 2015, she had solo exhibition “Illuminance” at KUNST HAUS WIEN GmbH in Vienna.