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Naoki Ishikawa: POLAR

June 2 – July 30, 2014
Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery

May 8, 2014

Naoki Ishikawa: POLAR

Exhibition Announcement

To commemorate the 85th anniversary of Canada-Japan diplomatic relations as well as Canada's current status as Chair of the Arctic Council, the Embassy of Canada is pleased to present a selection of Arctic images by renowned photographer Naoki Ishikawa (J).

Since his late teens, Naoki Ishikawa has been travelling to the earth's far corners and has scaled the highest peaks on all seven continents. Photographs, to him, gradually became something far beyond travel records; they rose to the level of contemporary artworks.

While carrying on a series of presentations and activities to raise awareness of environmental and humanitarian issues, Ishikawa visited the Arctic in the year 2000 as part of the Pole to Pole 2000 Project, where he travelled from the North Pole to the South Pole in nine months. Since then he has returned to different parts of the Arctic on numerous occasions. The seven photographs (eight, starting June 18) on display have been selected from those previously exhibited and they portray, among other things, mountains of ice, dogsleds, and scenes from the daily life of the people of the North. Those who see them will be able to share Ishikawa's admiration and awe of the Arctic.

Born in Tokyo in 1977, Naoki Ishikawa is interested in anthropology and ethnology in addition to exploration of the unknown. He has published works dealing with the experiences of migration and travel. For The Void (published in 2006 by Knee High Media) he won both the Sagamihara Prize for Newcomer Professionals as well as the Jun Miki Award. For New Dimension and Polar (published in 2008 by AkaAkasha Art Publishing and Little More, respectively), he received the Photographic Society of Japan's Newcomer's Award and the Kodansha Publication Culture Award. For his work in 2009, which included Mt. Fuji and Vernacular (published by Little More and AkaAkasha Art Publishing, respectively), he was awarded the Higashikawa New Talent Prize. Vernacular includes photographs of the Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) in the Canadian Northwest and of the Arctic towns of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. Ishikawa also won the Domon Ken Award for Corona, a photographic portrayal of 21st-century reality across the vastly spread out islands of Polynesia.

This photo display will complement and run concurrently with the exhibition Dancing Walrus – Inuit Sculptures from the Collection of Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Takamado.

Ishikawa will speak as part of "Polar Wings: Exploring Canada's Arctic through Art and Film."


Date: June 2 – July 30, 2014

  • Weekdays 10:00-17:30
  • Wednesdays 10:00-20:00
  • Closed on weekends and July 2

Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Admission: Free

Embassy of Canada, Public Affairs Section
Tel: 03-5412-6257

Media contact: Tel: 03-5412-6444




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