Early Works, 1997
Print sizes: 25.4 x 20.3 cm
Portfolio size: 21.7 x 27.3 x 0.8 cm
In 1997, Kawauchi won the Grand Prix in the photography category of the 9th Hitotsubo Exhibition (now 1_WALL), and the following year held a solo exhibition, Utatane, at Guardian Garden in Tokyo. The 1998 solo exhibition of the same name, featured a series of photographs that became the forerunner of her first book, Utatane (2001). Many of the photographs exhibited and made during that period were never included in the book and have since not been released to the public. In this mini-portfolio, Kawauchi has selected six of these works from her 1998 solo exhibition to be realised as collotype prints. The works, a starting port of Kawauchi’s career, offers a glimpse of the foundations of her unique visual language.
The Collotype, invented in France approximately 150 years ago, stands as a pillar of quality and versatility in the history of photographic prints. Artists can achieve an enormous range of aesthetic possibilities with the help of highly-skilled master printers. Kawauchi’s exquisite portfolio was carefully hand printed in colour by the craftsmen of Benrido Atelier in Kyoto Japan.