Rinko Kawauchi

Rinko Kawauchi Hon FRPS (川内 倫子) is a Japanese photographer, shooting mostly in 6×6 format. Her work is characterized by a serene, poetic style, depicting the ordinary moments in life.

Born in Shiga, Japan, in 1972. Lives and works in Tokyo. In 2001 she simultaneously released a series of three photographic books – UTATANE, HANABI, HANAKO from Little More publisher, which created an overnight sensation in the photography world in Japan. In 2002, she was awarded prestigious 27th Annual Kimura Ihei Award for two of the books, UTATANE and HANABI. Further publications of Rinko Kawauchi, which should be mentioned, are AILA (FOIL 2004), the eyes, the ears, and Cui Cui (FOIL, 2005 / both) and Semear (FOIL, 2007). Received the eminent Annual Infinity Award 2009 by International Center of Photography, USA, in Art Category. Kawauchi has joined and held many group and solo exhibitions both at home and abroad to date, among others, major solo exhibitions are: 2005 Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris; 2006 The Photographers’ Gallery, London; 2007 AILA + the eyes, the ears, Hasselblad Centre, Göteborg; 2007 Semear Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo; 2008 Cui Cui The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka: 2010 Rinko Kawauchi: Transient Wonders, Everyday Bliss – Photography, Video & Slides 2001-2009 ARGOS Center for Art & Media, Brussels. Major group exhibitions include: 2006 Collection of the Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain Museum Contemporary Art, Tokyo; 2008 Blooming: Brazil-Japan Where You Are Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi; Brighton Photo Biennial 2010 New Documents Brighton. Her unique approach of “drawing senses” and consistent motif of every day details, as well as circulation of life and its transience has been admired from the art lovers all over the world.

Major recent exhibitions:
Light and Shadow, Colissimo, Hyogo
Ametsuchi, Main Gallery Lesley University College of Art and Design
New Pictures 9: Rinko Kawauchi, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis

Ametsuchi, Galerie Priska Parquer, Cologne
Light and Shadow, KAGIYA Building 4F Gallery, Hamamatsu
Ametsuchi, Aperture Gallery, New York
Light and Shadow, msc Gallery, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto
Ametsuchi, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica
Illuminance, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich
Light and Shadow, Silencio, Paris
Illuminance, Ametsuchi, Seeing Shadow, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
Light and Shadow, TRAUMARIS, Tokyo

A Glimmer in Silence, FO.KU.S Kunst Stadtforum, Innsbruck, Germany
Illuminance, FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo
Illuminance, Gallery at Hermès, New York
murmuration, Rose Gallery, Los Angels

the eyes, the ears,, Kunstverein Augsburg e.V., Augsburg
A Glimmer in Silence, Galeria Priska Pasquer, Cologne
AILA, Seian University of Art and Design, Shiga
Iridescence, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
Rinko Kawauchi: Transient Wonders, Everyday Bliss – Photography, Video and Slides, ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels

Ametuschi. New York: Aperture, 2013
Approaching Whiteness. Tokyo: Goliga, 2012
Illuminance. New York: Aperture, 2011
One Day. 2010 (One of the books in One Day Ten Photographers edited by Harvey Benge)
Murmuration. 2010
Semear. 2007
Cui cui. 2005
The eyes, the ears. 2005
Aila. 2004
Hanabi (花火, Fireworks). Tokyo: Little More, 2002
Utatane. 2002
Hanako. 2002

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