Join us for the opening of 2018 ICP-Bard MFA candidate Kaz Senju’s solo exhibition, Shinjuku Story, at the ICP-Bard MFA Studios in Long Island City.

Shinjuku Story is a rare opportunity for the public to immerse themselves in the LGBTQ communities of Tokyo. Senju’s photography captures wide-ranging scenes from Shinjuku’s colorful and diverse night life in the central gay district of Tokyo, where more than 300 gay and lesbian bars are located across two small city blocks. As part of this community for the past three decades, Senju has been interviewing bar owners and recording night scenes since 2015. He presents his community in various visual media, from traditional street photography and portraits to interviews and cutting-edge VR video. He uses his images to celebrate his community and challenge the stereotypes of gay culture.

Bio

Kaz Senju is a visual artist who was born in Japan and resides in Brooklyn, NY. Senju presents his work through various media, including photography, video, and installations to address his interest in communities that are otherwise underrepresented. His recent projects include 3 Years Past (2014), a documentary film of interviews with high school students from Fukushima, Japan discussing their lives after the nuclear power plant accident in 2011. Senju holds a BA in photography from Parsons. His work has been exhibited at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia (2015), and several group shows in New York City.

Opening Reception

Thursday, April 26 | 6–8 PM, Live performance at 8 PM

On View

April 27–29 | By appointment only. Contact: [email protected]

Directions

The ICP-Bard MFA Studios are located at 24-20 Jackson Avenue in Queens. Take the E or M train to Court Square-23rd Street, 7 or G train to Court Square, or the B62 Bus to Jackson Ave/David St.

TOP IMAGE: Kaz Senju, Untitled 005, from the series Shinjuku Story, 2018. © Kaz Senju.