After much deliberation, Kyotographie, the annual international photography festival in Kyoto, will be postponed this year because of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The festival was set to be held from April 18 to May 17, but will now be held from September 19 to October 18 instead.
Kyotographie is one of many events that have been postponed or cancelled in an effort to inhibit the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The Japanese government has recently ordered a two-week closure of all national art museums leaving few exhibitions open for viewing in the first half of March. Art works such as Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (1888), which was part of an upcoming exhibition at The National Museum of Western Art, have now been isolated to prevent contamination and will be available for viewing from the third week of March, assuming the closures aren't extended.
Though it will be another few months before Kyotographie takes place, the eighth edition of the festival is still slated to feature the same photographers who were due to exhibit their works in spring. The featured photographers include Wing Shya (whose work is featured above), Marjun Teuwen, Maïmouna Guerresi and Omar Victor Diop among others. More details of the exhibitions and their venues will be released as the event approaches in autumn.
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