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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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biography

Ken Kitano (1968, Tokyo)has a highly philosophical approach and has been working on his conceptual ‘Our Face’ project since 1999. Beginning in his native Japan, he portrays members of social groups, associations, clubs or professions – for instance lawyers, athletes or ricksha pullers. Later on Kitano also created portraits outside of Japan, in fact all over the world.


Each composite photograph in Our Faces sees a huge volume 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 globalising world, the structure of our society seems to exclude and ignore those that do not represent the ‘norm’. In making the work, I discovered that there are many kinds of ‘others’ on this earth, and that this should be celebrated. 


His most recent project ‘Gathering Light’ commenced 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 scanned and adjusted with Photoshop. Here, the unseen traces of light jumped out and 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 finally shows what the human eye was unable to perceive. For Kitano this is the quintessence of photography. 

selected exhibitions