Reversible Destiny—Australian and Japanese Contemporary Photography

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

poster for Reversible Destiny—Australian and Japanese Contemporary Photography

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What does it mean to make photography now, in a time of global upheaval, human fragility and uncertain futures? “Reversible Destiny” is a group exhibition of Australian and Japanese photo-based artists who contemplate our destiny while reflecting on our shared past.
How is contemporary photography entangled with the past, halted in the present and imagining the future? Eight artists from Australia and Japan explore the uncanny ability of photography to collapse time and delve into the experience of the individual within a social context. In doing so, yesterday, today and tomorrow merge across an array of photographic renditions from epic landscapes to intimate interiors.
Australia and Japan have different cultural histories but today, when events far beyond our expectation are occurring every day, there are more and more experiences and issues that we can share across borders and time zones. Based on the theme of “Reversible Destiny,” the exhibition will encourage audiences to understand the diversity of culture in both countries while enabling Australian artists to bring a global perspective and awareness to the international arena.
The double bind or paradox of “Reversible Destiny” alludes to cycles of the past and future; life and death; remembering and forgetting; hope and regret. Together, these mutual contradictions shape the tempo of our times as frail and tremulous by presenting an array of artworks from 2-dimensional photography, installation and moving image. By shifting registers, these artists take us to newly imagined places with visions of the future that have been formulated in the past. They negotiate time and place, moving backwards and forwards between past and future, memory and the unknown.



from August 24, 2021 to October 31, 2021
Open on August 30 and September 20. Closed on September 21.


Adults ¥700; University Students ¥560; High School and Junior High School Students, Seniors 65 & Over ¥350

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on a public holiday Monday but closed the following day. Closed during the New Years holidays.


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7 minute walk from the East exit of Ebisu Station on the JR Yamanote and Saikyo lines, 11 minute walk from exit 1 at Ebisu Station on the Hibiya line.

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