This spring, the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) will become the first U.S. museum to organize a survey of Japanese photographer Naoya Hatakeyama’s work. Hatakeyama (b. 1958) probes the relationship between nature, cities, and representation. On view March 4 through July 22, 2018, Excavating the Future City: Photographs by Naoya Hatakeyama will feature 13 of the artist’s photo series, including nearly 100 works created over three decades. Seven of these works were recently acquired by Mia for its permanent collection.
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“Mia is proud to organize an exhibition of such breadth with a critical theme, revealing the evolution of Naoya Hatakeyama’s work,” said Yasufumi Nakamori, curator and head of the Department of Photography & New Media at Mia, who organized the exhibition. “In his photography, Hatakeyama illuminates the intersection of nature and urbanization—notions of construction, change, destruction, and rebirth. But as his practice progresses, signs of a subtle yet growing vulnerability—a movement from conceptual documentarian to participant—become visible.”
Hatakeyama, who shoots with film, uses photography to explore the growth and decline of cities in Japan, tracing the way human intervention transforms nature into the built environment, and its evolution over time. Subjects range from close-
The exhibition is accompanied by the 280-
Hatakeyama will be the keynote speaker for the Arnold Newman Lecture on New Media and Photography Symposium on Saturday, March 3, from 9am to 4pm at Mia. The symposium, “The Life Cycle of the City: Photography and Urbanism after Disaster,” invites experts across two panels, from curators to architects to urban designers, to examine issues involved in photographing a city during and after a natural disaster and the shifts and innovations that occur in urban planning and architectural designs in response to crisis.
Naoya Hatakeyama was born in 1958 in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. A student of Kiyoji Otsuji (one of the most important photographers in post-
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