Shodoshima Island, Tonosho Town, Kagawa,
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
Shodoshima Island, Tonosho Town, Kagawa,
medium:
inkjet print
date created:
2017/18
dimensions:
height 506mm x width 610mm — height 19.92inch x width 24.02inch
editions:
10
info/price:
one day: Yokohama port
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
one day: Yokohama port
medium:
Chromogenic print
date created:
2011
dimensions:
height 457mm x width 560mm — height 17.99inch x width 22.05inch
editions:
12
info/price:
one day: Paris
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
one day: Paris
medium:
Chromogenic print
date created:
2009
dimensions:
height 508mm x width 610mm — height 20.00inch x width 24.02inch
editions:
12
info/price:
Cherry blossoms/Ueno Park, Tokyo
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
Cherry blossoms/Ueno Park, Tokyo
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1995
dimensions:
height 400mm x width 500mm — height 15.75inch x width 19.69inch
editions:
10
info/price:
Amayoko/Ueno, Tokyo
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
Amayoko/Ueno, Tokyo
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1991
dimensions:
height 400mm x width 500mm — height 15.75inch x width 19.69inch
editions:
10
info/price:
Willow Trees, Harumi
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
Willow Trees, Harumi
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1995
dimensions:
height 354mm x width 443mm — height 13.94inch x width 17.44inch
editions:
10
info/price:
keki-gl13
title:
keki-gl13
info/price:
Tokyo Dome
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
Tokyo Dome
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1990
dimensions:
height 370mm x width 350mm — height 14.57inch x width 13.78inch
editions:
10
info/price:
our face: 42 members of the baseball team at Ohmi High School, Japan
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
our face: 42 members of the baseball team at Ohmi High School, Japan
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
2002
dimensions:
height 355mm x width 279mm — height 13.98inch x width 10.98inch
editions:
5
info/price:
keki-gl45
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
keki-gl45
medium:
Inkjet print
dimensions:
height 506mm x width 610mm — height 19.92inch x width 24.02inch
editions:
10
info/price:
Gathering Light: Hachioji City, Tokyo, winter 2015 - summer 2016
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
Gathering Light: Hachioji City, Tokyo, winter 2015 - summer 2016
medium:
Inkjet print
date created:
2015/2106
dimensions:
height 506mm x width 610mm — height 19.92inch x width 24.02inch
editions:
10
info/price:
Flow and Fusion: Shibuya
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
Flow and Fusion: Shibuya
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1991
dimensions:
height 460mm x width 343mm — height 18.11inch x width 13.50inch
editions:
10
info/price:
our face: 24 Indonesian army soldiers
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
our face: 24 Indonesian army soldiers
medium:
Gelatin silver print
date created:
2010
dimensions:
height 355mm x width 279mm — height 13.98inch x width 10.98inch
editions:
7
info/price:
Gathering Light, Nakano-ku, Tokyo, from winter solstice 2016 to summer solstice 2017
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
Gathering Light, Nakano-ku, Tokyo, from winter solstice 2016 to summer solstice 2017
medium:
Inkjet print
date created:
2017
dimensions:
height 508mm x width 610mm — height 20.00inch x width 24.02inch
editions:
10
info/price:
our face: 28 men at a wedding ceremony, Uzbekistan
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
our face: 28 men at a wedding ceremony, Uzbekistan
medium:
Gelatin silver print
date created:
2010
dimensions:
height 355mm x width 279mm — height 13.98inch x width 10.98inch
editions:
7
info/price:
our face: 29 participants of the Pride Parade
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
our face: 29 participants of the Pride Parade
medium:
Gelatin silver print
date created:
2013
dimensions:
height 355mm x width 279mm — height 13.98inch x width 10.98inch
editions:
7
info/price:
our face: 25 participants at 2014 Hong Kong protests 'Umbrella Revolution'
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
our face: 25 participants at 2014 Hong Kong protests 'Umbrella Revolution'
medium:
Gelatin silver print
date created:
2014
dimensions:
height 355mm x width 279mm — height 13.98inch x width 10.98inch
editions:
7
info/price:
our face: 26 people protesting in front of Diet, Tokyo
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
our face: 26 people protesting in front of Diet, Tokyo
medium:
Gelatin silver print
date created:
2015
dimensions:
height 355mm x width 279mm — height 13.98inch x width 10.98inch
editions:
7
info/price:
Gathering Light, Tsukumi City, Oita, from winter solstice 2015 to summer solstice 2016
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
Gathering Light, Tsukumi City, Oita, from winter solstice 2015 to summer solstice 2016
medium:
Inkjet print
date created:
2016
dimensions:
height 506mm x width 610mm — height 19.92inch x width 24.02inch
editions:
10
info/price:
Gathering Light, Kiyosato, Hokuto City, Yamanashi, from winter solstice 2016 to summer solstice 2017
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
Gathering Light, Kiyosato, Hokuto City, Yamanashi, from winter solstice 2016 to summer solstice 2017
medium:
Inkjet print
date created:
2017
editions:
​available sizes:
medium: 50.8 x 61 cm: edition of 10
large: 66.4 x 100 cm: edition of 5
info/price:
Gathering Light, Toyonaka City, Osaka (West side), from winter solstice 2016 to summer solstice in 2
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
Gathering Light, Toyonaka City, Osaka (West side), from winter solstice 2016 to summer solstice in 2
medium:
Inkjet print
date created:
2017
dimensions:
height 508mm x width 610mm — height 20.00inch x width 24.02inch
editions:
10
info/price:
Gathering Light, Kokubunji City, Kyoto, from summer solstice to winter solstice in 2017
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
Gathering Light, Kokubunji City, Kyoto, from summer solstice to winter solstice in 2017
medium:
inkjet print
date created:
2017
dimensions:
height 1000mm x width 1500mm — height 39.37inch x width 59.06inch
editions:
10
info/price:
Gathering Light, Shoudoshima, Kagawa, from summer solstice to winter solstice in 2017
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
Gathering Light, Shoudoshima, Kagawa, from summer solstice to winter solstice in 2017
medium:
Inkjet print
date created:
2017
dimensions:
height 508mm x width 610mm — height 20.00inch x width 24.02inch
editions:
10
info/price:
Gathering Light, Ogijima, Kagawa, from summer solstice to winter solstice in 2017
artist(s):
KEN KITANO
title:
Gathering Light, Ogijima, Kagawa, from summer solstice to winter solstice in 2017
medium:
Inkjet print
date created:
2017
dimensions:
height 508mm x width 610mm — height 20.00inch x width 24.02inch
editions:
10
info/price:

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IBASHO is proud to present Ken Kitano’s solo exhibition ‘Gathering Light’. Kitano has deployed a highly philosophical approach to his photography, which can be seen throughout the exhibition. Although there will be an emphasis on Kitano’s most recent series ‘Gathering Light’, the exhibition is also retrospective by showing works from his earlier series ‘Flow and Fusion’, ‘our face’ and ‘one day’.

In the series ‘Flow and Fusion’ Kitano captured the cityscape of Tokyo by means of a slow shutter speed during the 1990s, which was a kind of apocalyptic period of such events such as the bursting of the Japanese bubble economy, the Great Hanshin Earthquake, and the terrorist actions of the Aum religious cult. This series can be seen as a trajectory of Kitano’s exploration of the border between ‘self’ and ‘others’. By witnessing the dynamism of people’s movement and lives, Kitano created a heightened realism of the communal, public environments he photographed questioning the role of human existence, including himself.

The series ‘our face’ shows the next stage of his search for human conditions in this contemporary world. This epic project started in 1999. Each composite photograph ‘our face’ contains a large number of overlapping portraits depicting people belonging to various different social groups printed on the same sheet of photographic paper. The groups are varied, ranging from schoolgirls in Harajuku to the fishermen of the Boso Peninsula. The more faces printed on top of one another, the more the contours of the individual become blurred. Most of these people come from different cultural backgrounds and are regarded as some sort of ‘other’ by society. In a global world, the structure of our society seems to exclude and ignore those that do not represent the 'norm'. In making the work, Kitano discovered that there are many kinds of ‘others’ on this earth, and that this should be celebrated.

’one day’ is a unique series of landscapes, made during the first decade of the millennium, in which Kitano again uses long exposures to capture sunrise to sunset throughout the course of one single day. The simple landscapes allow viewers to experience many hours of a single place in one still shot.The long streaks across the sky evoke a sense of otherworldliness. 

His most recent project ‘Gathering Light’ is a continuation of Kitano’s fascination with light. He began this project after the Fukushima disaster in 2011. Kitano started to think about the earth, the sun and the universe in relation to one another. For ‘Gathering Light’, he installed a film camera on a rooftop from the winter solstice to the summer solstice to create a long exposure. After six months, he carefully removed the camera and recovered the film. Once the images were developed, they were adjusted to gather the information captured by the film; the unseen traces of light floated to the surface. Having remained unchanged for 4.6 billion years, the revolution of the Earth and the rotation of the cosmos are etched into the photographs through a myriad of lines. The image appears and  shows what the human eye was unable to perceive. For Kitano this is the quintessence of photography.