Past Exhibitions

Genius loci – The Higashikawa Awards –

Jan 30th, 2016 - May 15th


Higashikawa, located in Kamikawa District, Hokkaido, declared itself a town of photography in 1985 and has held the Higashikawa International Photo Festival every summer since. Over the last 30 years, the accompanying Higashikawa Awards have celebrated both Japanese and international photographers, exhibited their works, and continued to collect their prints. The awards are divided into the following categories: Overseas Photographer Award, Domestic Photographer Award, New Photographer Award, Special Photographer Award (awarded to a Hokkaido native or a Hokkaido-themed work), and the Hidano Kazuemon Award, added in 2010 to commemorate the eponymous Higashikawa photographer. Works chosen for the Hidano Kazemon Award are selected scrupulously and are an especially prized collection of Higashikawa.

This exhibition highlights works of the Higashikawa Collection around the theme of genius loci, the protective spirit of a place. 
 The photographers shown here may have been subconsciously aware of some incorporeal presence when they snapped their photos, capturing the landscapes and lives of the people they shoot, as if in some conversation with the mystical.
 Enjoy the profound worlds that lie beneath the surface of each work.


Part 1: What Connects Life and Death
Ichiro Kojima (2010, Hidano Kazuemon Award)
Issei Suda (1985, Domestic Artist Award)
Graciela Iturbide (1990, Overseas Photographer Award)
Nobuyoshi Araki (1991, Domestic Artist Award)
Masahisa Fukase (1992, Special Photographer Award)
Yutaka Takanashi (1993, Domestic Artist Award)
Akio Nagasawa (1993, New Photographer Award)
Antoine d’Agata (2004, Overseas Photographer Award)
Hotaro Koyama (2005, Domestic Artist Award)
Risaku Suzuki (2006, Domestic Artist Award)
Osamu James Nakagawa (2010, New Photographer Award)
Lieko Shiga (2012, New Photographer Award)
Rinko Kawauchi (2013, Domestic Artist Award)

Part 2: Life and the Land
Kazuemon Hidano (2001, Special Photographer Award)

Part 3: Spirits Converge
Genichiro Kakegawa (1991, Special Photographer Award)
Su-nam Kim (1995, Overseas Photographer Award)
Claudio Edinger (1999, Overseas Photographer Award)
Manit Sriwanichpoom (2007, Overseas Photographer Award)
Makiko Ui (2012, Special Photographer Award)
Jorma Puranen (2014, Overseas Photographer Award)



Genius loci – The Higashikawa Awards –


Jan 30th, 2016 - May 15th


Towada Art Center


Exhibition: 600 yen
Collection + Exhibition: 1,000 yen
Children (18 and Under): Free
100 yen/ticket discount for groups of 20 or more


Towada Art Center

Guest Curator

Kotaro Iizawa

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Photos from the Exhibition