Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan will present the exciting and highly individualistic work of a new generation of Japanese artists who have come of age following the Asian economic crash of 1990. For the last several years, China has been the focus of attention for contemporary Asian art, while the remarkable and distinctive younger generation of Japanese artists who are working today has been largely ignored. This ICP exhibition will be the first major U.S. presentation of contemporary photo-based artwork from Japan in over ten years. Heavy Light will present the work of thirteen artists and will fill most of the ICP gallery space. The exhibition will include both photographs and video, many of which are large and dramatic pieces. Curated by ICP curator Christopher Phillips and Noriko Fuku of the University of Art and Design in Kyoto, Heavy Light will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue and a range of public programs.

Visit the Joy of Giving Something's Forward Thinking Museum for more Heavy Light images and a video interview with Christopher Phillips, "A Curator at Work," in the JGS Theater section.

Featured Artist

Makoto Aida, Naoya Hatakeyama, Naoki Kajitani, Hiroh Kikah, Midori Komatsubara, Yukio Nakagawa, Asako Narahashi, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Tomoko Sawada, Risaku Suzuki, Miwa Yanagi, Kenji Yanobe, and Masayuki Yoshinaga

Special Thanks

This exhibition was organized by the International Center of Photography with lead support from the ICP Exhibitions Committee. Generous support provided by Nikon, Robert and Gayle Greenhill, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Diana Barrett for The Fledgling Fund, Roberta and Steven Denning, and Studley. Additional support provided by Asahi Beer Arts Foundation, Asahi Beer USA, Asian Cultural Council, Japan Foundation, Rick and Ellen Kelson, Andrew and Marina Lewin, Ira M. Resnick, Shiseido, David Solo, Artur Walther, and by Omar Al-Farisi, Frank and Mary Ann Arisman, Toyota Motor North America, and Diane and Tom Tuft. Support for the interpretive programs has been provided by the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation.