Sayaka Toda “Across the Sea, or Beyond the Night”

Kana Kawanishi Photography

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[Image: Sayaka Toda, from the series Across the Sea, or Beyond the Night, 2021 | archival pigment print | ©︎ Sayaka Toda, courtesy KANA KAWANISHI GALLERY]

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Sayaka Toda was born in Saitama, Japan in 1988. In 2012, she completed her M.F.A. at Joshibi University of Art and Design, Graduate School of Art and Design, Fine Arts Course, Painting, and she has been attracting attention as a painter who connotes an implicit world of beauty and disfigurement, which are inextricably linked with each other. In her first exhibition at Kana Kawanishi Photography, Toda will be showing photographs only, breaking new ground as an artist.

In her new work, Across the Sea, or Beyond the Night, Toda uses the motif of a rose as a starting point, which she has been daily photographing as a study. In the series, she also photographs a friend who now lives in Japan and tropical plants that bloom in the darkness of the night around Tokyo, uniting people and matters which have crossed the sea from different places and taken root in this island country into a single worldview.

Her works, which she calls “portraits of beauty with heterogeneity,” vividly capture both light and darkness, while encompassing Toda’s pursuit of the contradictory worldviews of beauty and disfigurement that are the essence of her work, drawing the viewer to the other side of the image.

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from July 10, 2021 to August 28, 2021
Closed from August 10 to August 14. Temporarily closed on August 27

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Sayaka Toda

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