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 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
Fall 2018 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
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Photographer Bieke Depoorter (b. 1986, Belgium) travels the world to find her subjects, creating extraordinarily intimate photographs that straddle portraiture, documentary, and fiction. The relationships she creates with those she photographs are the key to her work. As Depoorter describes it, “The relationships I establish with my subjects are the foundation of my artistic practice…. The resulting stories are always partially mine, partially theirs.”
In her early work, Depoorter traveled to far-flung locales in Russia, Egypt, and the United States, befriending locals to photograph. She asked her subjects if she could spend the night in their homes, building rapport and trust that eventually allowed her to capture the mundane, routine, ordinary moments of their lives. Depoorter’s first such project, Ou Menya, documented her encounters in the homes of locals in Russia. She completed a similar, long-term project in the United States titled I am about to call it a day.
In As It May Be, a project photographed in Egypt beginning just after the revolution in 2011, she tried to find trust in a time of turmoil and suspicion, in an environment where private life is often shielded. With this project, she also started to question her use of the photographic medium. Conscious of her status as an outsider, she returned to Egypt in 2017 with the first draft of the book, inviting others to write comments directly on the photographs. Contrasting views on country, religion, society, and photography arise among people who would otherwise never engage in a dialogue with one another. In Sete#15 (2015) and the short film Dvalemodus (2017), she began to conceive of her subjects as actors, projecting her own fictional narratives onto her subjects’ factual environments, thereby blurring the line between her world and theirs. In her most recent projects, such as the ongoing project Agata (2017), Depoorter works even more collaboratively with her subjects.
She has published four books, and her work has been shown in the United States and Europe, including Photomuseum The Hague, The Netherlands and an upcoming exhibition at FOMU Antwerp, Belgium. She joined the Magnum agency as a nominee in 2012 and a full member in 2016. She is the recipient of the Magnum Expression award and the Prix levallois, among other accolades.
Depoorter lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.