Kenji Chiga “Suppressed Voice”
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Kenji Chiga won the 16th “1_WALL” Photography Competition with “Bird, Night, and then,” his work focused on the choices and possibilities for staying alive open to young boys who have lost their hopes and dreams in India, a country where academic credentials mean everything, because they are on the wrong end of the caste hierarchy. The judges praised Chiga highly for the way he probed a new documentary form different from all previous photojournalistic methods.
Chiga studies the literature dealing with the issues faced by the people he meets in India, and photographs while carrying out his local investigations. Although he is addressing social issues, Chiga believes that photographing realities isn’t the only way to get close to these issues; instead, he reconstructs reality while weaving together a fictional story to convey what lies more at the core of the issues at hand. Through his photographs and the story they tell, he attempts to convey political and social background, the structure of people’s feelings, and at times attendant irrationalities—not knowing where the correct answer lies, and even feeling no need to seek after the correct answer.
This exhibition will showcase a new series of photographs taken by Chiga in India after he won the Grand Prize last year. Dealing with the theme of child labor in India, the story Chiga’s photos tell is of a young boy who, forced to leave school and go to work, disappears—and is ultimately found.
from January 30, 2018 to February 16, 2018