Lieko Shiga

Artist lecture Thursday, March 02, 2017 7PM
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Rasen Kaigan (Spiral Shore) 45, 2012.

Tickets are available for purchase HERE
Seating is on a first come, first-served basis.

Japanese photographer Lieko Shiga’s artistic practice developed from her visceral sense of unease with the convenience and automation of daily life. Her practice connects questions about the nature of the photographic medium with fundamental questions about life and the means of expressing oneself.

Through intensive encounters with her subjects, Shiga weaves together images inspired by a wide range of sources such as surrealism, land art, happenings, sculpture and Japanese myths. The starting points for her photographic works are often interviews in which she asks people about the dreams, fears and experiences they associate with specific places. In combination with her own memories, emotions or experiences, she then creates complex, fantastical and elaborately staged scenarios.

In 2007, Shiga published pictures taken in Australia, Singapore and northern Japan in a photobook called Canary—a classic among photobook collectors—filled with elaborate and visually arresting dreamscape images. In 2009, she moved to Kitakama, in the Tohoku region, where she worked as the resident village photographer, documenting festivals and other official events while also recording an oral history of the region and its inhabitants. In 2013, she published the works from Kitakama in the book Rasen Kaigan / Album.

Shiga has exhibited internationally and is currently included in the exhibition Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2009, she won the International Center of Photography’s Young Photographer Infinity Award. She lives and works in Miyagi, Japan.



Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.

Larry Sultan Photography Award

Awoiska van der Molen, #256-17, 2009

Awoiska van der Molen

Fall 2017 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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The work of Awoiska van der Molen (b. 1972, Netherlands) develops from a desire to comprehend the core of the isolated world she photographs. In order to achieve the sense of solitude necessary to gain access to the stoic nature of the landscape, she spends long periods of time isolated in the natural environment. She takes time to experience the landscape and penetrates deep into the essence of the remote, hushed world created in her photographs. She immerses herself in the landscape, moves slowly, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues into the darkroom where her pictures are printed by hand—an intimate process—further imparting a unique stillness that emanates from her work.