In this talk, the artist will be joined by Gemma Padley, freelance photography journalist and editor, and Projects Editor at British Journal of Photography.
They will discuss Koyama’s exhibited work and practice, ranging from the creative and mechanical process behind the artworks, to the hidden colours of his series Pico to the position of Koyama’s work within the panorama of Japanese contemporary photography.
Touching briefly on the history of abstract photography, Koyama aims to enable the viewer to experience concepts such as the distortion of light when recorded digitally and the potential of photographic media through ‘non- determinacy’.
The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council Tokyo and Sony Europe.
Taisuke Koyama (b. 1978, Tokyo, Japan) currently lives and works in Amsterdam and Tokyo as a photographer. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Japan and abroad, and his solo shows include: NEW LIGHT, Sunday Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland (2015), Rainbow Waves, G/P gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2013), Rainbow Variations & Other Works, Metronom, Modena, Italy (2013). He also took part in the Setouchi Art Triennale 2013, Shodoshima Island, Japan and in the Daegu Photo Biennale 2012, Daegu, Korea. Koyama’s photographs have received international recognition through competitions and prizes; he was longlisted for PRIX PICTET, Paris, France, in 2015, and he received a Jury recommendation at the 15th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2012. Koyama has been awarded a grant from the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2014, and will receive further funding from the Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) in 2016. www.tiskkym.com
Gemma Padley is a freelance journalist who writes about photography. She works for British Journal of Photography as the magazine’s projects editor and is also a contributing writer. In addition, Gemma has written for Time LightBox, The Telegraph, Foam, Photoworks, 1000 Words, and the BBC, among others.
Image: Pico, Installation View, Mews Gallery © Taisuke Koyama.