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Cozue Takagi

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2006Grand Prize

ARTIST STATEMENT

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A person split right down in the middle. The right half controls the left-brain, while the left half controls the right. Controlled by different brains, the right and left are completely different persons. By the means of photography, I bring out the representational world of the two people that lay hidden inside a single person. These two people look very much alike but each have their own distinct emotions and will. An interest in people was the driving force that gave birth to this piece. Spirit and body, brain and soul, consciousness and unconsciousness - these are the things that I want to articulate.

The process of creating this work deepened my awareness of photography as an act of being permitted to photograph rather than as an act of me creating a photograph. A photograph is always of something: without a subject there is no photograph. Perhaps a photograph is ultimately not a form of my personal expression. I think photography means a desire that enables self to transcend own space and enter the subject or allow the subject to enter self. Currently, I am a university senior studying photography, and I give thanks for my family, friends, and teachers as I devote myself to my work and projects.

Entries form: Book format A3 size, Inkjet paper 31 sheets

Selecting judge: Daido Moriyama

This work made me again reflect on the fact that the “face” is an enigmatic and mysterious thing. Based on the well understanding of the characteristics of the photo mechanism, the photographer straightly confronts the fascination of the face and skillfully visualizes it. Even if ideas are good, but when they become a dull photograph, there is no meaning. However here the idea is thoroughly embodied in the piece. One is initially surprised by the theme and then even more surprised upon seeing the piece itself. Thus this piece succeeds in bringing out the potential inherent in the art of photography. This is a piece that can be looked at from many perspectives and is as well as an immensely enjoyable piece.

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PROFILE

Cozue Takagi

1985 Born in Nagano, Japan
2007 B.A., Faculty of Arts Department of Photography, Tokyo Polytechnic University, JP
2015-2016 Studied in Oregon through the Pola Art Foundation Study program for Artists
Lives and works in Nagano, Japan

Award

2006 Received an Excellence Award at the 29th New Cosmos of Photography (selected by Daido Moriyama) and won the Grand Prize at the New Cosmos of Photography 2006 Exhibition
2009 Fuchu Art Museum prize, VOCA 2009, JP
2010 15th Shinmai Select Award, JP
35th Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award, JP

Selected show

2012 SUZU, Suwa city museum of ART, Nagano, JP
2014 Biwajima She's, Canon Gallery S, Tokyo, JP
2015 fruitfulness, Toyokawa City Sakuragaoka Museum, Aichi, JP
2017 Mirror Behind Hole - Photography into Sculpture, Gallery αM, Tokyo, JP (forthcoming)
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2006Grand Prize

Cozue Takagi

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2006
lambda print with acrylic
© Cozue Takagi Courtesy of TARO NASU
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