CRISIS AND CATHARSIS
MASAKO IMAOKA

The Fukushima nuclear accident and the spread of corona infection were shocking, along with the damage caused by conflicts and disasters, and environmental issues, and these issues intertwined in my mind in a complementary way. In creating the photographs, I took some time to carefully interpret and evoke the images. The life that we are given should exist with a rare probability, but there is a side to it that is drowned out by everyday life and forgotten. If people are one of the factors in the collapse of society, it can be said that we are in danger of being purified by the earth’s eco-system. Is it just an idealistic idea to protect the life we have been given on earth in a solidarity manner?








Masako Imaoka
Born in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, in 1965. In her artistic practice, she is most concerned with issues of social coBorn in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, in 1965. In her artistic practice, she is most concerned with issues of social collapse while also exploring themes relating to light, life and regeneration, “Re-Birth” in her own words. Her works are regularly presented in museum and gallery exhibitions including “Re-Birth – Women beside the Ruins” (2011, Konica Plaza; Tokyo), “Japanese Documentary Photographers – The 1960s to the Present” collective exhibition (2004, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Tokyo), “Topofilia – Fundamental images of Kyushu” (2012, 2013, Ginza Nikon Salon; Tokyo / Osaka, Gallery Oishi; Fukuoka etc.), “Signal transduction” (2014, Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art), “And Topofilia” (2014, Gallery Oishi; Fukuoka, 2016, LADS Gallery; Osaka), “Primitive mental image” (2019, LADS Gallery; Osaka) and “Particles and catharsis” (2021, LADS Gallery; Osaka). Her oeuvre has received various awards including the 2nd “Sagamihara New Photographer Fosterage Award” (2002) and the 23rd “Higashikawa New Photographer Award” (2007). She currently lives in Osaka.