"Small Miracles #8", 2014, the amana collection ©Noguchi Rika, Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery
Presentation of the exhibition by the museum
Since Rika Nogichi received first prize in the photography category "the 3.3m2 Exhibition" in 1995 and the New Cosmos of Photography competition in 1996, she has been considered one of the greatest contemporary photographers in Japan, with her photographs and his video works presented in numerous exhibitions, both nationally and abroad. Through series such as Premium (from 1997), I Dreamed of Flying (2003) et The Sun (2005-08), To the Night Planet (2014-15), his work explored the relationship humans have with unknown realms such as underwater, high altitude places and outer space. In recent years, through an exploration of the countless little enigmas that dot our daily lives and our immediate environment, she has pursued a form of photographic expression that frees the senses and imagination of the viewer.
From her first series to her most recent pieces, this exhibition brings together works from the entire career of an artist who has been producing photos and videos for more than thirty years. These are not presented in chronological order but rather in a non-linear arrangement that allows the works to better speak to each other, showing them in a new light. Combining photographs, video works, drawings and more, and guided by the "small miracle" of how photography is able to transcend time and space, the exhibition presents the different scenes and places that Rika Noguchi has encountered throughout his years of work, from the first series To Dive (1995) to his most recent work, A Palm Tree (2022). Visitors encountering the unique expressiveness of Noguchi have the opportunity to re-examine the significance of the various life forms existing in this world and reflect on what the mysterious power of photographs and video is all about.
Born in Saitama City in 1971, Rika Nogichi began practicing photography in 1992, developing a practice centered on exhibitions. She has participated in many international art exhibitions. In 2002, she was awarded the 52nd Minister of Education's Art Encouragement Award for New Artists. His major exhibits inside Japan include the feeling that something is happening (Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art [MIMOCA], 2001), I Dreamed of Flying (The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, 2004) and The light reaching the future (Izu Photo Museum, 2011-2012). His works are part of the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, the National Museum of Art, Osaka, the Guggenheim Museum and the Center Pompidou.
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|Dates||October 7, 2022 - January 22, 2023|
|Exhibition title||Noguchi Rika: Small Miracles|
|Location||TOP Museum - Tokyo|