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.

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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

Jonathan Calm, Double Vision (Recording I), 2018

Jonathan Calm

Fall 2019 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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Jonathan Calm is a visual artist who works in photography, video, installation, and performance. A central theme of his work is the relationship between photography and urban architecture, and the powerful role of images in the way architectural constructs shape the lives of individuals and communities.

In his most recent work, Calm explores the complex representation of African-American automobility from a historical and contemporary perspective, focusing and drawing on the importance and resonance of the Negro Motorist Green Book. Of this project, he explains, “the image of the infinite highway and the unbridled freedom to roam the land has always been considered a quintessential expression of the modern American spirit, but the black American experience of travel, which involves heightened subjectivity and exposure, has to this day proven a precarious privilege rather than an inalienable right.”

Calm’s art practice is international in scope and has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2005); Role Play at the Tate Britain (2006); Black Is, Black Ain’t at the University of Chicago’s Renaissance Society (2008); Streetwise at the Reina Sophia Museum in Madrid (2008) and the Chelsea Art Museum (2011); deCordova Biennial at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (2013); and Rooted Movements at LMAKprojects in New York City (2014). Calm currently lives in Palo Alto, CA where he is a faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.