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Arnolfini - est 1961

Celebrating over twenty years of extraordinary practice, internationally acclaimed Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi’s poetic images find beauty in the ordinary moments of everyday life.

Her first major UK exhibition since 2006 centres around moving between explorations of the natural world’s fragile beauty to the gentle rhythm of domestic scenes, capturing the connections and continuity of life on this ‘planet we call home’.

At the edge of the everyday world began in 2019 and draws from images of Icelandic volcanoes and ice floes, Hokkaido’s snowy landscapes, and everyday home life from the COVID pandemic home life, inviting viewers to reconsider our connections as humans with nature.

At the edge of the everyday world highlights the small, personal movements within our lives that go on to create larger, universal journeys, featuring photographic prints and film installations from M/E (Mother Earth), Illuminanceand earlier series such as Ametsuchi and AILA, whilst also showcasing Kawauchi’s 30+ photobook publications, exploring her career through words and imagery.

At the edge of the everyday world includes a showcase of photobooks spanning Kawauchi’s 30+ titles exploring her career through words and imagery. Grounded in themes of care, identity and sustainability, Kawauchi’s lyrical work inspires audiences to rethink humanity’s fragile links to the universe and ecology.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication, including newly commissioned texts and images of exhibited works drawn from M/E, Aila, Ametsuchi and Illuminance.

a colour photograph of two, young children sat on the ground, looking down to the earth.  Both are concentrating on what they are gazing upon. One wears a red top, the other a pink top and is holding a toy rabbit. Both have dark hair.
Above them dappled light shines through the trees onto their heads, illuminating the scene.
Untitled from the series of ME, 2020

The exhibition is presented by Arnolfini in collaboration with Bristol Photo Festival, an international biennial of contemporary photography, staged across the city’s museums, galleries and independent spaces. The second edition of the festival, entitled The World A Wave, will launch in October 2024. 

The exhibition is kindly supported by The Japan Foundation.

a black and white logo for Bristol Photo Festival
a logo for the Japan Foundation which has grey lettering and a purple butterfly graphic.

‘At the edge of the everyday world’ title is taken from an essay written by Masatake Shinohara for Aperture in 2021. Please click here to read the piece in full.