Rinko Kawauchi


Born in 1972 in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Based in Tokyo.

In 2001 she simultaneously released a series of three photographic books – UTATANE, HANABI, and HANAKO, and in 2002 she was awarded prestigious 27th Kimura Ihei Award. Other noteworthy Rinko Kawauchi publications include Illuminance (2011), Ametsuchi (2013) and Halo (2017). Kawauchi has participated in and hosted a multitude of group and solo exhibitions both within Japan and all over the world. Some of her major solo exhibitions include: AILA + Cui Cui + the eyes, the ears, Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain(2005; Paris, France); The Photographers’ Gallery(2006; London, UK); Semear, Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo (2007; Brazil); Cui Cui, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum(2008; Shizuoka, Japan) and Illuminance, Ametsuchi, Seeing Shadow, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2012; Japan). She has solo exhibition at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery from 8th October, 2022.

Rinko Kawauchi
Untitled, from the series of “Illuminance”, 2009 C-type print

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