Since 2013, IMA Media Project has been organizing the exhibition annually in special collaboration with Panasonic Corporation and its brand, LUMIX, to support and foster young artistic talent which will lead the way for the future of Japanese fine art photography. This is going to be our sixth exhibition with venues in Amsterdam, Paris and Tokyo as last year. We will also collaborate with international photography festivals. Six emerging photographers selected by IMA Media Project will participate in the exhibition. In line with this year’s theme, “how best to understand the world of uncertainty.”
Today, the world faces more daunting challenges than ever before, and many issues remain unresolved. On the other hand, technological innovations have given us a wealth of opportunities, transforming our lives every second. It is said that we are crossing into an unprecedented new era of the posthuman. Millennials grew up in a time of marked progress in technology and amid a lot of uncertainty. This exhibition will feature how this generation of young people thinks and views the world. Modern means of communication have led to the rise of new types of creativity and innovation: from somewhere between two seemingly contrasting worlds, such as fiction and reality, analogue and digital, or journalism and art. It is increasingly important to recognize and understand what the new generation has to offer.
IMA began as a magazine in March 2012 to promote its core philosophy of “Living with Photography”―looking at, reading about, studying, buying, and decorating with art photography. IMA has become well regarded for its profiles of photographers around the world who push the art form in new and exciting directions, as well as features on notable trends in the field of art photography. After successfully establishing a strong online presence, in 2014 the magazine opened IMA Concept Store, a gallery-bookshop located right in the heart of Tokyo’s Roppongi district. The gallery curates photography exhibitions offering novel approaches and perspectives, and hosts a variety of events including workshops led by some of today’s top creatives. IMA has even launched its own publishing brand―IMA books― to give it the freedom to plan and publish photobooks that meet its own sensibilities, as well as to foster the development of today’s brightest young Japanese photographers.
With Sayuri Ichida, Kenta Nakamura, Riyo Nemeth, Takeshi Mita, Taro Karibe, Yoko Kusano.