Kenshichi Heshiki “Okinawa, My Love”

Shadai Gallery, Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics

poster for Kenshichi Heshiki “Okinawa, My Love”
[Image: Kenshichi Heshiki, "Kouri", 1970]

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Born during the U.S. occupation, Kenshichi Heshiki (1948–2009) dedicated his life to photographing his homeland of Okinawa. His internationally acclaimed work received Nikon Salon’s 33rd Ina Nobuo Award and has been featured at shows including the 2015 exhibition “For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979” at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Heshiki attended the then-newly founded Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics (Shadai) from 1967. Keeping his work focused on Okinawa, he captured life on the islands, including images of its families, street scenes, prostitution, and poverty. Throughout his career he remained concerned with how Okinawa should be recorded on film. This exhibition presents photographs from his life’s work “Yagi no Hai” (Goat’s Lung), a collection published in 2007, plus works from his series “Nanto Ryo” (Nanto Dorm) documenting Okinawan-born students at the Komae, Tokyo dorm during the 1970s and 1980s.

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from September 04, 2017 to October 29, 2017
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