Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix presents Japanese photographer Ryuichi Ishikawa’s first exhibition in the UK. “zkop: a blessing in disguise”, curated from Okinawan Portraits (2010-2012) and A Grand Polyphony (2014) – two publications that turned the young artist into an instant sensation in Japan and won him the prestigious Kimura Ihei Award in 2015 – showcases images of life in Okinawa, the southernmost isles of Japan, and the artist’s own local environment.
The appeal of Ishikawa’s works lies in the power of his images: straightforward, no-nonsense capturing of real, tangible sections of today’s society. They serve as an anti-thesis to the recent trend of increasingly sophisticated conceptual imagery not only in Japanese photography but also in other media. They are a compelling reminder of the power of raw images and reflect the artist’s words: ‘Reality is always excessive’ (artist’s postscript to A Grand Polyphony).
Every image in the show, each of which a snapshot of reality, is loaded with emotion, drama, and sometimes, with the mere fact of being or not being.
zkop: a blessing in disguise
12 January – 15 March 2018
Private view: Thursday 11 January, 6.00-9.00pm
Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix
19 Goulston Street
London E1 7TP
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Featured image: zk076 Yaese, 2014. courtesy the artist and Akaakasha