[artinfo] What does photography mean now in a time of global uncertainty?

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Wed Oct 13 12:51:18 CEST 2021

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum is delighted to present an 
international online symposium in collaboration with University of 
Melbourne and Tokyo University of the Arts as an event associated 
with the exhibition Reversible Destiny: Australian and Japanese 
contemporary photography. Australian curator, writer and art 
researcher, professor Natalie King OAM leads the symposium with Tokyo 
Photographic Art Museum. This international symposium will consider 
the role and significance of contemporary photography in an 
increasingly fragile world.

Reversible Destiny includes work by Maree Clarke, Rosemary Laing, 
Polixeni Papapetrou, Val Wens, Ishiuchi Miyako, Katayama Mari, 
Hatakeyama Naoya and Yokomizo Shizuka.

Photography goes back and forth between the past, present, future. 
Photography links yesterday, today, tomorrow, allowing us to review 
the past and imagine collective futures.

"It will be an important occasion when global thinkers in the field 
can convene to consider the questions facing contemporary 
photography, and an international audience can gain insight into the 
issues of time, memories and storytelling in an increasingly 
precarious world," Professor King said.

The online symposium will be doubly important now that travel options 
are so limited. Just like the Tokyo Olympics, the Reversible Destiny 
exhibition was supposed to take place in 2020 but had to be 
rescheduled because of COVID-19. In a world fraught by issues such as 
pandemic, climate changing and growing inequality, it's vital to 
consider what an art form such as contemporary photography has to say 
about the human condition. Artists in Reversible Destiny look at what 
it means to make photography now, in a time of global upheaval, human 
fragility and uncertain future-what are our shared destinies across 
nations and how can we work better together? These are the issues 
that will be discussed in the symposium with in-depth interviews with 
each artist, mini lectures and panel discussion.

Program 1 (60 minutes)
Date: October 15, 2021 6pm (AEST) / 5pm (JST)
Interview: Ishiuchi Miyako, Maree Clarke, Katayama Mari (They are all 
the artists in this exhibition) and Olympia Nelson (daughter of 
Polixeni Papapetrou)
Natalie King, OAM (Co-curator)

Program 2 (60 minutes)
Date: October 16, 2021 6pm (AEST) / 5pm (JST)
Interview: Val Wens, Yokomizo Shizuka, Hatakeyama Naoya and Rosemary 
Laing (They are all the artists in this exhibition)
Natalie King, OAM (Co-curator)

Program 3 (90 minutes)
Date: October 17, 2021 6pm (AEST) / 5pm (JST)
Mini lectures and panel discussion:
Kataoka Mami (Director of Mori Art Museum and Artistic Director, 
Aichi Triennial 2022)
Natalie King, OAM (Co-curator)

Symposium will be recorded and uploaded.
Please view on our 

*All programs are English/Japanese subtitled and free.

*The upload start date and time for each programs:
Program 1 - October 15, 6pm (AEST) / 5pm (JST)
Program 2 - October 16, 6pm (AEST) / 5pm (JST)
Program 3 - October 17, 6pm (AEST) / 5pm (JST)

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (TOP)
3F Exhibition Gallery
Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita
Meguro-ku 153-0062


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