This is a solo exhibition of new works in the series PARK CITY, which photographer Keiko Sasaoka has been carrying out since 2001. It is the first time in three years that the series is being presented in Tokyo. Since she left Hiroshima, where she was born and raised, Sasaoka has had an interest in Hiroshima as a historic city, and through this series she has continued to think about Hiroshima from the perspective of the present. She has also attempted to develop and update the work through such activities as publishing a photo collection, holding photo exhibitions in Japan and overseas, and collaborating with other genres like theater and video. In this exhibition, through photo works showing Hiroshima as it is today, she isolates the attenuation of “Hiroshima, city of peace” and connects it with the present time of rapidly changing globalism after the Great East Japan Earthquake, in an attempt to deepen multilayered thought about Hiroshima. By holding the exhibition in Tokyo, she hopes to stimulate the critical thinking of many viewers from Japan and other countries.
Photographer Keiko Sasaoka won the 2010 Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan for her photo book “PARK CITY.” She also received the 23rd annual Tadahiko Hayashi Award for her 41-booklet series “Remembrance,” a photo document of stricken areas after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Currently she presents publications and solo exhibitions for her ongoing series “SHORELINE.” A founding member of “photographer’s gallery,” Sasaoka is an editor of the gallery’s newsletter, “photographers’ gallery press.” Under her editorial responsibility, the newsletter’s 12th issue (published in 2014) featured “Photos from Ground Zero, 1945-1952,” which examined and considered photos from the bombing of Hiroshima.
2-16-11-4F, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
photographers’ gallery (Shinjuku City, Tokyo)