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Rika Noguchi

“ Person Diving ”

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1996Grand Prize

ARTIST STATEMENT

Person Diving

Photos are keys to solving riddles.
Creation is a journey.
Works are logic.
A coincidental reality that always goes beyond all that.
This is a record of a person diving.
And, this is my record.
It was a winter day, when I first encountered the diver.
That figure looked like someone going to the moon.
It was mysterious.
I thought about the act of diving.
I will continue to shoot photos. For the sake of the 99% of the riddles that dominate daily life.

Selecting judge: Kaoru Izima

First, there’s astonishment. From the bizarreness of the figure, it seems like an alien, kind of like,“ What is this person? ” Then you catch the situation that Oh, it’s a person diving and look at it normally, but the astonishment and freshness are accurately expressed. Even if people observing don’t understand the concept and way of thinking, they can look at it absentmindedly and enjoy it. It works well as a photo. To put it another way, even if you don’t understand the concept, it has an attractive presence as a photo.

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PROFILE

Rika Noguchi

Born in Saitama Prefecture in 1971, and graduated from the Department of Photography, College of Art, Nihon University in 1994 and took a graduate course in film / image art at Nihon University in 1995. She began producing photographic works while at university, and her current focus is exhibiting her work in Japan and abroad.

In 1996, she was awarded an Excellence Award at the 13th New Cosmos of Photography (selected by Kaoru Izima) and went on to claim the Grand Prize at the 5th New Cosmos of Photography Exhibition. She received a New Artist Award at the 52nd Minister of Education Awards for Fine Arts in 2002, and the 30th Domestic Photographer Award at the Higashikawa Awards in 2014.

Some of her major exhibitions in Japan include a feeling of something happening in 2001 at the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa; I Dreamt of Flying in 2004 at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and Light Reaching the Future in 2011 and 2012 at the Izu Photo Museum, Shizuoka. Her works have been added to the public collections at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris, and other museums. She has been living in Okinawa since 2016.

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1996Grand Prize

Rika Noguchi

Person Diving

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