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Osaka Directory 1

Maya Akashika

2022-08-06 – 2022-09-11

Summary

The Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka and the Kansai Osaka 21st Century Association present a solo exhibition by up-and-coming photographer Maya Akashika as the first show in the Osaka Directory series.

Akashika's practice includes showing her work through installations with photos of various sizes floating in a space, making the methods used in her creative process overt by exhibiting items such as memos and test prints. Her work mixes photos in which she directs friends working as her models with snapshots taken in the city. When she shows situations crafted as a scene and natural situations in which the subject doesn’t know he or she is being photographed in an ambiguous way, the artist discovers a sense of reality possessed by things that don’t actually exist, comparable to a dream or ghost. Examining Akashika’s photos and trying to discern what they capture, viewers sense hints of ‘something’ there that can’t actually be seen.

In addition to past works, the exhibition presents new works shown for the first time.

Information about the Exhibition

DatesAugust 6 - September 11, 2022
*Closed on Mondays
Opening hours10:00 – 18:00
VenueNakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka 2F Multipurpose space
OrganizerThe Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka, the Kansai Osaka 21st Century Association (40th anniversary celebration project)
Sponsorship
Cooperation
Admission feefree

Key Works in the Exhibition

  • Non-Human 2021

  • Don’t touch the flowers 2020

  • Did you think I couldn’t see? 2021

  • Comprehension Bookstore proprietor M 2017

  • How to make background music 2020

  • Bring all the same things together 2022

Artist profile

Maya AkashikaBorn in Osaka Prefecture in 1985, Akashika graduated from Kansai University in 2008. In 2010, she completed the photography program at Visual Arts College Osaka. In 2011, her work Eating Wind won the 34th Canon New Cosmos of Photography Grand Prize. Based in Osaka, she shows her work internationally through solo and group exhibitions. Akashika weaves a unique narrative world in which reality and fantasy intermingle, crisscrossing in synesthetic fashion between various kinds of imagery including verbal accounts of dreams, photographs, pictures, and sounds. Her major exhibitions include the Maya Akashika Photo Exhibition ‘Dokidoki Telepathy’ (Canon Gallery, Tokyo, 2021) and Contemporary Japanese Photography Vol.17—Twilight Daylight (Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, 2020).

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Artist talk

SpeakerAkashika Maya
ModeratorOshita Yuji (Curator, Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka)
Dates14:00 – 15:00 on Saturday, August 6, 2022
VenueNakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka 2F Multipurpose space
CapacityApprox. 30 people
Admission feeFree (reservation not required)

About Osaka Directory

Organized jointly by the Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka and the Kansai Osaka 21st Century Association, the Osaka Directory series of exhibitions introduces upcoming Kansai-connected artists in a solo exhibition format. Starting from the current year, the annual series will present artists who create new art symbolizing the coming age of the future. The term "directory" is used in IT(Information Technology) to refer to folders and similar structures that are used to organize files. Through this series, the Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka stores ‘files’ on promising young artists in the Kansai area in a ‘directory’ from which it can present their work to a wide audience throughout the world and support the launch of their careers on the global scene.