Artist Talk: Photographer Naoya Hatakeyama, "Personal Landscapes"

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One of the world’s leading contemporary photographers working on landscape, Naoya Hatakeyama, has created photographs about sites in Japan, France, Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Brazil, among others. In his photography, he comments on the relationship between urbanization and the natural world, and on the life cycle of a city. Since the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake, Hatakeyama has frequently returned to his tsunami-ravaged home of Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture, near the earthquake’s epicenter, to photograph the transformed landscape.

Hatakeyama will stop in Houston on his way back to Japan from Boston, where he is featured in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston exhibition In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3-11. At Asia Society Texas Center, he will discuss how his recent experiences have reshaped his photographic process, body of work, and personal philosophy.

Hataketama co-represented Japan in the 49th Venice Biennale (2001) and participated in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice Biennale (2012). For the latter occasion, he collaborated with architect Toyo Ito and other architects in the Japan Pavilion exhibition Architecture, Possible Here? Home-for-all, which won the Golden Lion award.

His talk at Asia Society Texas Center marks his third visit to Houston. He spoke at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in relation to the exhibitions The History of Japanese Photography (2003) and Ruptures and Continuities: Photography Made after 1960 from the MFAH Collection (2008).

The talk is organized by the Department of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and presented at Asia Society Texas Center. His travel to the United States was made possible by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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By: Asia Society Texas Center

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