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From the series Human Spring,"I can see it in him"  2019 Collection of the Artist ©Lieko Shiga

Shiga Lieko: Human Spring

Mar. 5May. 6, 2019

  • Mar. 5May. 6, 2019
  • Closed :Monday (if Monday is a national holiday or a substitute holiday, it is the next day)
  • Admission:Adults ¥ 700/College Students ¥ 600/High School and Junior High School Students, Over 65 ¥ 500

The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum will present a solo exhibition featuring “Human Spring”, the latest work by the contemporary photo artist SHIGA Lieko, who has attracted attention both in Japan and internationally for her series of work based on her own unique fieldwork. Spring marks the time when the world awakes from winter, it is the season of graduations, matriculation and that represent turning points in people’s lives, it is also a time that makes us aware of various historical events, such as the ‘Prague Spring’, the ‘Arab Spring’, the ‘Silent Spring’, that deals with environmental issues and the ‘Rite of Spring’ that expresses the grandeur and cruelty of life.

In addition, during the course of this exhibition, the Heisei period will come to an end on April 30, 2019, leaving us to face a new era. Throughout a career that has lasted over twenty-years, Shiga Lieko (born 1980) has dealt with the problem of the physical ‘spring’ that influences us, heart and mind; it has a deep connection with social systems and norms, and she realizes that it can provide a keyword to offer an overview of human history and the environment. As we approach the historic end of the Heisei period, she is creating a new work based on dialogues with numerous intellectuals and other relevant parties who live through the same times as her and her family.
We hope that this exhibition will allow us to reconsider the relationship that exists between society and the individual or between nature and humankind, as we share and re-explore the problems facing contemporary society.

From the series Human Spring, "Today is the same as yesterday; tomorrow will be the same as today" 2019 Collection of the Artist ©Lieko Shiga

From the series Human Spring, "Under the sun" 2019 Collection of the Artist ©Lieko Shiga

Human Spring, "That person thinks that I am me"2018  Collection of the Artist ©Lieko Shiga

From the series Human Spring,"Catatonia"  2019 Collection of the Artist ©Lieko Shiga

□Organized by: Tokyo Photographic Art Museum/Tokyo Shimbun
□Supported by: Nikon Corporation/Nikon Imaging Japan/Toppan Printing Co. Ltd.
□In cooperation with: Color Science Labo/ Ishidoh Construction Co. Ltd.

The gallery is expected to be crowded during Golden Week so we recommend that you come early in order to be able to view the works at your leisure.


Artist Talk: Shiga Lieko (in Japanese)
Mar. 10 (Sun) 14:00~16:00
Venue: 1F Hall, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum Number of participants: up to 190
*Numbered tickets will be distributed at the 1F general reception desk from 10:00 on the day