San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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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 international artists, 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
The Larry Sultan Photography Award recognizes one exceptional artist in the medium each year. The Awardee will be in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, and will engage in the Bay Area’s photography community for period of several weeks. This Award represents an expansion of the Larry Sultan Visiting Artists Program.
Spring 2016 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
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Marco Breuer (b. Landshut, Germany) is well known for his radical approach to the photographic medium. Breuer employs nontraditional photographic techniques that do not rely on the use of a camera, aperture, or film, but instead utilize a combination of photogrammic, abrasive, and incisive techniques to make marks and capture images. His work is in numerous public collections at major institutions around the world and is widely exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Currently residing in upstate New York, Breuer has lectured and taught extensively, and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006.
The following videos feature photographers who have been exhibited at Pier 24 Photography and/or who are held in the Pilara Foundation Collection.