This stunning photography display gives visitors an unprecedented glimpse inside the workshops of 12 Japanese National Living Treasures whose work is presented in the exhibition 12 Stone Garden. The artful and intelligent lens of Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi captures the materials, skills, gestures and savoir-faire of these exceptional artisans, who are recognised for upholding and preserving an important aspect of Japan’s intangible cultural heritage, whether it be lacquering, bamboo work or kimono making.
Rinko Kawauchi is an award-winning Tokyo-based photographer who has published many photographic books including “Illuminance”, which was released consecutively by five publishers across the world in 2011. Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions in Japan and around the globe, including at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris and the Photographers’ Gallery in London, as well as in Sweden, Brazil, Spain, Canada and the US. She has won several awards in Japan, and in 2009 received the Infinity Award, arts category, from the International Center of Photography in the US.