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Noriko Takuma

“ A blink ”

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2007Co-Grand Prize

ARTIST STATEMENT

A blink

I always blink when I look at images that will disappear.
I cut away, and then look again. The parallel passage of time and the gazes and breathing of people.
While tracing parallel lines, the lines become quiet.
Is this a blink?
Is it a record?
Is it a trip?
Is it a dream?
Or is it a blink after all?

Blink, like breathing.
Blink, like working.
Blink, like loving
Close one’s eyes, like screaming
Then blink.

Through some connection, a single line is joined.
I want it to join with an even larger and thicker connection.

Entries form: 3D book (cornice-style folding book, 194 mm x 244 mm variations)
Monochrome, 55 prints (excluding cover), baryta paper

Selecting judge: Daido Moriyama

This work made me strangely anxious. The photographs are like after-images that you catch from the corner of your eye, and for some reason this affected me deeply.

The situations in each photograph are not connected in any particular way, yet they make you feel as though you’ve been staring at the outside world from the window of the same vehicle for a long time. The moments accumulate, and connect as after-images. You also get a strong sense of the intrinsic power that photographs possess.

The format of this book also has a big effect. It is interesting that small prints are arranged in rows in identical fashion, so that only the world being depicted changes. If the prints had been larger, it might not have had the same effect. It seems subdued and subtle, but it actually isn’t. It somehow awakens memories in the person looking at it, and this was the overwhelming impression it left on me.

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PROFILE

Noriko Takuma

1985 Born in Osaka

Awards

2011 Winner of the La Primavera Award, studying in New York
2007 Excellence Award at the 30th New Cosmos of Photography (selected by Daido Moriyama), co-Grand Prize winner

Group exhibitions

2016 Higashikawa International Photo Festival: Photo Friends - Next Project Project 2016 Slideshow, in front of the Higashikawa City Gallery, Hokkaido
Exhibition of Art & Kyoto University of Art and Design Faculty Members and Hokkaido Graduates in Bibai, Arte Piazza Bibai, Hokkaido
2015 Higashikawa International Photo Festival: Photo Friends - Next Project Project 2015 Gallery Exhibition, Higashikawa Nancho 1-Chome Gallery, Hokkaido
Sanjyo Tominokouji Book Store 6, Galerie H2O, Kyoto
2014 Higashikawa International Photo Festival: Photo Friends - Next Project Project 2014 Higashikawa Artist-in-Residence, Higashikawa Red Brick Gallery, Hokkaido
Independent Light Vol. 6 - Nagoya / Aichi, C7C, Aichi
Sanjyo Tominokouji Book Store 5, Galerie H2O, Kyoto
2013 Shuccho N in Tajimi Nagase Shopping District, Nagase Shopping District, Gifu
Nice To Meet You Issue 2, Einstein Studio, Tokyo
Utsusu, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Room G1 and G2, Florist Gallery N, Aichi
Mitamama-Ha, Bloom Gallery, Osaka
Sanjyo Tominokouji Book Store 4, Galerie H2O, Kyoto
2012 N Exhibition, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Art Space X, Aichi
2011 tri – angle, Book in Residence, Processing Plant Photo Gallery, Osaka
Zine Book Gallery, Takaratsuka Media Library, Kobe
2010 Fanzine Plus+, Bloom Gallery, Osaka
The Exposed #5, Contemporary Art Space Osaka (CASO), Osaka
Seoul Photo, COEX, South Korea
2009 Home Away, Gallery Gion Konishi, Kyoto
Happy Maker, Koyasan, Wakayama
The Exposed #4: PROJection, Contemporary Art Space Osaka (CASO), Osaka
Hundred Stories about Love, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Spurt 2009, Galerie Aube, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto
New Cosmos of Photography Exhibition: Tour 2009 in Sendai and Osaka, Sendai Mediatheque and OAP Artcourt
The Exposed #3.5, Art Project Room Art Zone, Kyoto
2008 New Cosmos of Photography 2008 - Tokyo exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
Okhotsk Monbetsu: Pinhole Photography Festival 2008, Monbetsu City Museum, Machinaka Gallery, Hokkaido
Stars Popping Out of Chaos 2008: Tour Kyoto and Tokyo, Galerie Aube, Spiral Garden
9P, Tranq Room, Kyoto
New Cosmos of Photography Exhibition: Tour 2008 in Sendai, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka, Sendai Mediatheque, OAP Artcourt, Denki Bunka Kaikan West Gallery, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
2007 New Cosmos of Photography 2007 - Tokyo exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
Alternative Process of Photography, Gallery Art Is Long, Kyoto
Higashikawa International Photo Festival: Independence Exhibition, Higashikawa Bunka Gallery, Hokkaido

Solo exhibitions

2013 Cheap Chic, Florist Gallery N, Aichi
2011 Sun and Parts, C.A.P HOUSE Y3, Hyogo
Distant Conversations, Florist Gallery N, Nagoya
2009 Sink or Swim, Florist Gallery N, Nagoya
Missing, Gallery Maronie, Kyoto
2008 Ignoring the Giraffe, Florist Gallery N, Nagoya
2007 A Blink, Gallery Iteza, Kyoto
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2007Co-Grand Prize

Noriko Takuma

A blink

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