City Life Org – As official partner of the 10th edition of KYOTOGRAPHIE, Kering |Women In Motion continues its strong commitment to women photographers


From left to right and top to bottom: ZAIDO Yukari Chikura ©Yukari Chikura, Eagle and Raven Ariko Inaoka ©︎Ariko Inaoka, die of love Hideka Tonomura ©Hideka Tonomura, NEW SKIN Mayumi Hosokura ©︎Mayumi Hosokura, sawasawato Noriko Hayashi ©Noriko Hayashi , HOJO Mayumi Suzuki ©︎Mayumi Suzuki, NEW RIVER Ai Iwane ©︎Ai Iwane, Negative Ecology Tamaki Yoshida ©︎Tamaki Yoshida, ILMATAR 2020 Archival color C-print Momo Okabe ©Momo Okabe, mutation / creation Harumi Shimizu ©︎Harumi Shimizu.

As part of its partnership with the international photography festival KYOTOGRAPHIE, which in 2022 celebrates its 10and anniversary, Kering is proud to support the exhibition “10/10 Celebrating Contemporary Japanese Women Photographers”, presented at the HOSOO gallery in Kyoto, Japan, from April 9and to May 8and 2022.

Through its support for this particular exhibition with KYOTOGRAPHIE, women on the move develops its activities and its commitments to concretely improve the visibility of women photographers in their artistic field. It is also to encourage a debate on their contribution and their recognition both in this discipline and in culture and in the arts in general, because inequality is deeply rooted in all areas of the creative arts – while they are in essence deeply rich in their diversity, and one of the most effective levers for change.

The exhibition, presented on the occasion of the 10and edition of the festival, is co-organized by the co-founders/co-directors of KYOTOGRAPHIE, Lucille Reyboz and Yusuke Nakanishi, and Pauline Vermare, independent curator and photography historian, who is one of the key contributors World History of Women Photographers, to be published in English in June 2022. Through the works of 10 Japanese women artists, we have a reflection and a view specific to each photographer, whether they live and work in Japan or elsewhere. The powerful images of Yukari Chikura, Noriko Hayashi, Mayumi Hosokura, Ariko Inaoka, Ai Iwane, Momo Okabe, Harumi Shimizu, Mayumi Suzuki, Hideka Tonomura and Tamaki Yoshida, will be presented in a scenography that embodies the KYOTOGRAPHY spirit and gives each artist its own very particular space, thanks to a structure that blends contemporary and traditional materials with a distinct Japanese aesthetic, designed by Kyoto-based designer and architect Hiroyasu Konishi. These structures and works of art can travel or can be reproduced and/or modified at will by other places.

This exhibition is a manifesto for women photographers in Japan and for all Japanese women.” – Lucille Reyboz, Co-founder and Director of KYOTOGRAPHIE, co-curator of the exhibition

This exhibition resonates with the theme of this year’s KYOTOGRAHIE, “One”. It’s a celebration of the individual, but also a celebration of each of their communities.”. – Yusuke Nakanishi, Co-founder and Director of KYOTOGRAPHIE, co-curator of the exhibition.

For a long time we have seen Japan through the eyes of men, as if we had never fully seen it. As a historian, and because I am personally very attached to Japan where I grew up, I thought it was very important to rediscover their work and make it known to the world.– Pauline Vermare, photography historian, co-curator of the exhibition.

We are happy and proud to continue our collaboration with KYOTOGRAPHIE with this festive edition which has become obvious. Kering continues its commitment to women in the arts and culture – in Japan, as everywhere where their talent needs to be showcased”. – Valérie Duport, Kering Communications and Image Director.

Launched in 2015 with the aim of highlighting women in cinema, women on the move has become a platform of choice to help change mentalities and fight against inequalities between women and men in the field of culture and the arts, especially photography.

In March 2019, Kering and the Rencontres d’Arles announced a partnership by launching the women on the move program in Arles. The partnership aims to contribute to the recognition of women photographers and to achieve gender equality in the field. While continuing to support talented young women through the Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro Arles, which it has supported since 2016, Kering has launched the women on the move LAB and the women on the move Photography Prize in Arles. The latter celebrates the career of an emblematic woman photographer and includes an endowment of €25,000 for the purchase of works by the winning artist from the Rencontres d’Arles Collection. The prize was awarded to Susan Meiselas in 2019, Sabine Weiss in 2020 and Liz Johnson Artur in 2021.

In Japan, Kering supported the “Women Artists from the MEP Studio” exhibition, presented by the European House of Photography (MEP) at the 2021 edition of KYOTOGRAPHIE, in Kyoto.

About curators

Lucille Reyboz

Born in 1973, Lucille Reyboz began her photographic career in Africa, where she spent most of her childhood, and discovered Japan in 1999 to collaborate on Ryuichi Sakamoto’s opera. The life. A portrait photographer, she produces numerous album covers for labels such as Blue Note and Verve. While developing a prolific photographic practice, she exhibits her works in Visa for the image (2001), Philippe de Pury in New York (2007) and CHANEL NEXUS HALL, Tokyo (2011). She has published several books, including Batammaba by Gallimard, Source, Belles of Bamako and Impressions from Japan with Keiichiro Hirano at Editions de la Martinière.

Yusuke Nakanishi

Yusuke Nakanishi was born in 1968 and is a lighting artist who travels the world and expresses his impressions of light and shadow from his memories. He has worked as a director for feature films, stages, music concerts, fashion shows and interior sets. He also created the Eatable Lights series of objects and exhibited installations at the Hara Museum, School Gallery Paris and Nuit Blanche Kyoto.

Pauline Vermare

Pauline Vermare is an independent photography curator. She was cultural director of Magnum Photos in New York and curator at the International Center of Photography (ICP), the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, in Paris. She is the author of numerous interviews and essays on photography and is currently working on a book project on Japanese women photographers, to be published in 2023. She sits on the boards of the Saul Leiter Foundation and the Catherine Leroy Fund.

On women on the move

Kering’s commitment to women is at the heart of the Group’s priorities and, through the women on the move program, it is aimed at the world of culture and the arts, where gender inequality is still flagrant, while creativity is a powerful driver of change.

In 2015, Kering launched women on the move at the Cannes Film Festival with the aim of highlighting women, in front of and behind the camera. Since then, the program has expanded to include art, literature, music, dance and photography. Through its prizes, it rewards inspiring and established personalities in their respective fields, as well as talented young women. At the same time, its Talks are an opportunity for leading personalities to share their points of view on the representation of women in their profession.

For eight years, women on the move has been a platform of choice to change mentalities and reflect on the place of women – and the recognition they receive – in all the arts.


KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival is held every year for four weeks in a unique style in Asia. The exhibitions are staged creatively in various traditional and contemporary settings with an original scenography. The festival creates opportunity, bringing together people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Now recognized as one of the world’s leading photography events, KYOTOGRAPHIE has attracted some 1,150,000 visitors from Japan and overseas since 2013. The 10th anniversary of the KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival will be held from April 9 to April 8 May 2022, presenting more than 10 exhibitions centered around the theme “A”, presented in emblematic places of Kyoto with an original scenography.

About Kering

A global luxury group, Kering manages the development of a group of renowned Fashion, Leather Goods and Jewelry Houses: Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, DoDo, Qeelin, as well as Kering Eyewear. By placing creativity at the heart of its strategy, Kering enables its Houses to set new limits to their creative expression while shaping the Luxury of tomorrow in a sustainable and responsible way. We capture these beliefs in our signature: “Empowering Imagination”.


Grover Z. Barnes