Tomoaki Makino “Hauling the City”

Kana Kawanishi Photography

poster for Tomoaki Makino “Hauling the City”
[Image: Tomoaki Makino "Kameido 35° 42' 18.528" N 139° 49' 22.248" E" 2020 | archival pigment print | 460 × 690 mm ©︎ Tomoaki Makino, courtesy KANA KAWANISHI GALLERY]

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*The exhibition will reopen from Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

Tomoaki Makino (b. 1980) is a photographer who currently lives and works in Tokyo. In his photobook Tokyo Soap Opera (2005, FOIL), which was nominated for the 31st Kimura Ihei Award, Makino photographed middle-aged women in their own living spaces based on his curiosity towards the “unique worldview of the mothers’ generation” in which he cultivated growing up in a mother and child household. After completing the series in Tokyo and its suburbs, Makino expanded the series by shooting worldwide, including New York and Taiwan.

This new body of work, Hauling the City, is a series of black-and-white photographs of landscapes woven by utility poles and wires in the 23 wards of Tokyo. Makino shows that Tokyo, which boasts one of the lowest undergrounding utility poles among developed countries globally, has such a chaotic landscape just by looking up. At first glance, the chaotic images are full of humor and entertainment, yet, the urban landscape with straight and curved lines sprawling in the air reflect social conditions and voice their melancholy inscape.

​This exhibition will be the first occasion to showcase Makino’s works as a solo exhibition in our gallery. We look forward to presenting the new frontier of Makino’s consistent gaze, where a sociological perspective is found inherent in intriguing scenes of humor.

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from April 24, 2021 to July 03, 2021


Tomoaki Makino



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