Presented by the Tokyo International Photography Festival
Participating artists: Arnau Bach – Capital, Christian Vium – The Wake, Daesung Lee – On the Shore of a Vanishing Island, Dougie Wallace – Glasgow: Second City of the Empire, Irina Kalashnikova – North Korea: Bearable Darkness, John Cazenave: Galerna, Laurent Chehere: Get Close, Laurence Rasti: There Are No Homosexuals in Iran
On the occasion of the much-anticipated launch of the Tokyo International Photography Festival, and its focus on the future – we have selected a fitting theme for the third edition of the Tokyo International Photography Competition: The Human Condition.
What does it mean to be human? For Sartre, it meant freedom and responsibility – the freedom to choose, the responsibility to act and define one’s place in life. Irving Yalom gave us the four “givens” of existence: meaning, loneliness, freedom, and mortality.
The Human Condition is our eternal search for purpose, but also our capacity for good – and evil. It is kinship, honour, our thirst for knowledge, the pursuit of happiness – but just as often it is the harbinger of pain, death, betrayal, war, the deception of ourselves and of others.
At a time of increased uncertainty and tension on both the inter-personal and global stages, photography’s role in helping us negotiate our daily existence has never been stronger. For our third edition, we ask you to share with us an unflinching view of what it means to be human. ”
The photographers featured in this exhibition were selected by our 2015 jury:
Roger Ballen – Photographer (S. Africa)
RongRong & inri – Co-Founders, Three Shadow Photography Center (China & Japan)
Shihoko Iida – Curator / Associate Professor, Department of Inter-Media Art, Faculty of Fine Art, Tokyo University of the Arts (Japan)
Alvaro Matias – General Manager – Publishing House, Projects and Communication, La Fabrica (Spain)
Felix Hoffmann – Head Curator, C/O Berlin (Germany)
Peggy Sue Amison – Artistic Director, West Wing Gallery (Dubai)
James Estrin – Photo Editor, Lens Blog, New York Times (USA)
JJ Estrada & Clara de Tezanos – Directors, GuatePhoto Festival (Guatemala)
Claudi Carreras – Curator, Estudio Madalena / Paraty Em Foco (Brazil)
Rei Masuda – Curator, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Japan)
Hester Keijser – Associate curator, Noorderlicht Foundation (The Netherlands)
Sarah Leen – Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine (USA)
John Fleetwood – Director, Market Photo Workshop (S. Africa)
Moshe Rosenzveig – Director, Head On Photo Festival (Australia)
Japan is a country that is rich in history, culture and nature. Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is the international podium where old and new culture and technology meet and create inspirations. Today, we are living in the world that photography has become more popular than ever. Being in such city in such time, Tokyo International Photography Festival (TIPF) aims to provide a unique opportunity to think on “the new role of photography”.
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