Since 2013, IMA Media Project has been organizing, the exhibition “LUMIX MEETS BEYOND2020 by Japanese Photographers”, a yearly special collaboration project with Panasonic/LUMIX, aiming to support young artists leading the contemporary photography world in Japan. This is our 7th year, and just like every previous year, we are organizing this exhibition in coordination with international photography festivals in Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Paris. Six emerging photographers selected by IMA Media Project will participate in the exhibition. In line with this year’s theme, “Over to another parallel world”.
The world keeps changing by the second and bears along, new problems and new values. We are in 2019, the future that seemed to have only existed in science-fiction is only a few steps away. The emerging artists called by the name of the Millennials are dashing through this age, tossed about in this world that evolves at a high speed, trying to frantically grapple with these changes. In this time when our values become more and more diverse, these artists chose to face our history and are attempting to find new forms of expression in photography. The world they see is neither the preexisting reality nor fiction anymore, it is another parallel world. What would be the magic spell to open the doors to this new dimension? Why should we not try to find our own magic “Open Sesame” in photography?
With Naoyuki Hata, Ayako Ishiba, So Miysua, Kazuma Obara, Miko Okada and Hayahisa Tomiyasu.
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 2017 the magazine opened IMA gallery located right in the heart of Tokyo’s Shinagawa 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.