Published on : Thursday, August 25, 2016
Tokyo-Ga, an art exhibition featuring 49 photographs of Tokyo taken by 25 Japanese, European and American photographers, was unveiled at Miami International Airport on August 24 by Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González, Consul General of Japan in Miami Ken Okaniwa, Miami-Kagoshima Sister Cities Committee Chairman José Keichi Fuentes, and other MIA officials.
Launched in 2011, the Tokyo-Ga (images of Tokyo) project began as a sign of commitment to Japan and its future, in response to the devastating tsunami and earthquake in Japan that year that claimed nearly 16,000 lives.
The portfolio, hosted for the first time in the United States in 2012 at the New York Photography Festival, showcases the architecture of the Japanese capital, its street photography, its contemporary styles and its way of mind, revealing the complexity and the contrast between the nation’s tradition and modernity. The exhibition is organized into five themes: Invisible Existence; Ensemble C’est Tout; Fragments of Life; Texture of Mind; and Human Scale.
The exhibition begins as MIA officials prepare to visit Tokyo in September for the 39th Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S./Japan Associations, where they will be discussing direct flights to Japan with Japanese business and airline executives.
“It is our extreme pleasure and honor to host our first art exhibition dedicated exclusively to Japanese culture,” said Director Gonzalez. “The images taken by these talented photographers should give our travelers a greater appreciation of this dynamic city, and the global connections that we all share. Tokyo is also one of the world’s leading hubs for air travel, and somewhere that we hope to have direct air service in the near future.”
Naoko Ohta is the commissioner, founder and curator of the Tokyo-Ga project. Corinne Tapia, member of the TOKYO-GA commissioner board in Japan and Director of Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, edited the work that was exhibited for the New York Photo Festival, and is co-curator with Dr. Yolanda Sánchez, Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Division Director at MIA. The Japan Foundation New York awarded the Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs with a grant to support the exhibition.