so it goes

Miho Kajioka

September 8 - October 13
Opening on Saturday September 8, 4 pm

An exhibition in two chapters, divided over two cities: Antwerp & Amsterdam in collaboration with Ibasho Gallery -Antwerp. 

“And so it goes…”

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

BK 0286, 2014, gelatin silver print, edition 10 + AP 13,5 x 11 cm

In the exhibition so it goes Miho Kajioka is presenting new work which relates to the concept of time, memory and location and which will take place at two galleries, in Amsterdam and Antwerp. Like in her earlier works the series consists of intuitive images of fragments of her daily life, from various periods and against changing backdrops, among others relating to the cities of Amsterdam and Antwerp.

 

Kajioka’s photographic practice is in principal snapshot based; she carries her camera everywhere and intuitively takes photos of whatever she finds interesting. Intuition also guides Kajioka in the darkroom where she skilfully creates her poetic and suggestive image-objects through elaborate, alternative printing methods. Her images evoke a sense of mystery in her constant search for beauty. The focused and respectful way in which she approaches the medium of photography seems to fit in the tradition of Japanese photography that is characterized by the specifically Japanese sense of beauty: wabi sabi. Wabi has been described as ‘serene attention to simple things’ and sabi as ‘beauty acquired through the patina of time’ as described by Huis Marseille in their exhibition A beautiful Moment about Japanese photography.

 

For a long period Kajioka has been fascinated by the order of time. According to Kajioka,  photography captures moments and freezes them; displaying prints is like playing with the order of time.

I want to be confused with the sense of time in a fun way. How can we be sure if tomorrow always comes after today or sometimes it already happened before today…

Well, let’s travel in time. – Miho Kajioka

 

Kajioka became especially interested in this theme after reading Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s novel ‘Slaugtherhouse-five’. Like Vonnegut, Kajioka wonders if the order of time is always in the same chronology, or is it possible that past, present and future change in sequence?

 

I am a Tralfamadorian, seeing all time as you might see a stretch of the Rocky Mountains. — All moments past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist.’ – Kurt Vonnegut.

 

In the exhibition Kajioka plays with the concept of time through installations that question the chronology of time and sequence of situations.

 

Kajioka’s delicate, handmade, analogue prints insist on being regarded as not only images, but also as objects; the material physicality of her prints is affirmed through the asymmetric rims and edges, suggestive of wear-and-tear of having been in the world for a significant period of time. Kajioka’s images furthermore appear to enact memories through the toning of the prints and the liberal use of empty spaces – half-remembrances, faded but still visible.

 

Specifically for so it goes Kajioka has made new work in Amsterdam and Antwerp, that will be exhibited together with works made in other locations. Although the attentive viewer might be able to determine the location where the image was made, Kajioka intends to give her latest series the overall sense of universality.

 

Through additional sound and scent elements the audience can have an all immersive experience of Kajioka’s exceptional perspective on the world around her.

 

Miho Kajika (b. 1973, Japan, lives in Kyoto) studied fine art in the United States and Canada and started her career as a journalist in her native country Japan. Since 2013 Kajioka’s work has been exhibited in France, the Netherlands, Colombia, the USA, Italy, Germany and Spain and most recently in the United Kingdom at The Photographer’s Gallery in London.

 

Her book ‘And, where did the peacocks go?’ was selected as one of the 33 books in The Experts Selection at Kassel Photobook Award 2017, Kassel, Germany and longlisted for the Steidl Book Award in 2016, in Tokyo, Japan and shortlisted for the LUMA Dummy Book Award in Arles, France. In the beginning of September a new edition of the book ‘And, where did the peackocks go?’ will be published by The (M) éditions.

 

The exhibition so it goes takes place at two different locations, one part is exhibited at IBASHO in Antwerp and the other part at Galerie Caroline O’Breen in Amsterdam.

The exhibition in Amsterdam will run from Saturday 8 September 2018 until 14 October 2018. In Antwerp the exhibition will open on Sunday 9 September 2018 and will close on Sunday 4 November 2018.