Born in Rikuzen Takata of Iwate Prefecture, Naoya Hatakeyama has gained global acclaim for his series that consistently take on urban issues including “LIMEWORKS”, taken of limestone mines, and “BLAST”, capturing the moment of mine blasts, among others.
Since he and his family experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, he has been taking photos of his home town. Over a span of 9 years, he has captured photos from the first traces of disaster to stages of recovery. For the Tokyo Biennale, the contact prints of these powerful images will be displayed. Through direct transferrence of film onto photographic paper, these contact prints reveal all at once the shots as seen by Hatakeyama when he pressed the shutter. What will we see in these unselected group of photos?
(As of March 2020)
1: “Naoya Hatakeyama Photography Exhibition: Cloven Landscape” image from exhibition, 2016, Sendai Mediatheque (Sendai), Photo by Naoya Hatakeyama
2: “Naoya Hatakeyama Photography Exhibition: Cloven Landscape” image from exhibition, 2016, Sendai Mediatheque (Sendai), Photo by Naoya Hatakeyama
3: “Rikuzentakata / 2011.10.13 Takata-cho tatenooki”
Naoya Hatakeyama (Photographer)
Born 1958 in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. Hatakeyama is a photographer based in Tokyo whose works focus on the relationship between nature, city, and photography. He represented Japan in the 49th Venice Biennale held in 2001, and in 2012 participated in the Japanese pavillion of the Vennice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition (received Golden Lion prize). In addition, Hatakeyama received the 42nd Mainichi Art Award in 2001, as well as the MEXT* art award in 2012.
*Note: annotation for Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan