We are pleased to announce the solo exhibition of Ikeda Yoko, a photographer who is receiving increased attention throughout the world of photography. Ikeda magically catches minor but attractive scenes that usually slip through unnoticed in ordinary life. At first glance, the objects in some of her works seem difficult to grasp because they are extremely out of focus or are too close-up: a trimmed part from a wall, a floor, or even light filtering through the trees. Each view, guided by her own sense for attractive details, gives rhythmical shapes or shadows of the motifs and beautiful colours or light. Despite a photographic career spanning more than twenty years, Ikeda always maintains her own 'slow' pace. Meanwhile, her works have recently been displayed at exhibitions not only in Japan but also in United States, Belgium, The Netherlands and elsewhere. In addition, in 2015, following her second photo book Monkey Puzzle, Ikeda received The New Photographer Award in The thirty second Higashikawa International Photo Festival, and also The first Photo Basel ALPA AWARD in 2018.
This exhibition is Ikeda's first solo at Kamakura Gallery and in it the artist displays twenty five works, including her latest or yet-to-be released ones taken in Aomori, Nagano, Tokyo, Switzerland, France and Taipei, selected to resonate with the gallery space. Ikeda says that 'taking photos is a kind of experimentation to encounter unknown things, and we hope all of our viewers will enjoy this opportunity to journey to find unknown scenery through Ikeda's photographs.
Press release courtesy Kamakura Gallery.