When I Was Seven by Rinko Kawauchi
For Rinko Kawauchi’s newest publication, the photographer brings us a newly-photographed series commemorating the 40th anniversary of the iconic fashion piece, the “cardigan pression” – a signature of the globally-renowned fashion brand Agnés b. Kawauchi has composed the work in two parts – in the first half, she trains her lens on her own daughter; in the second, the photographer delves into reminiscence of her own life 40 years ago at seven years old. Within the collection, we see a story – at times serene, at times dynamic – born from an intermingling of the past and future across one woman’s precious 40 years.
“…Close to 30 years later, I dressed my daughter in one of the cardigans and took pictures of her in it. It was a profound moment, while at the same time, I felt as if the me of back then had been left behind […] I felt the urge to tell my stifled childhood self this: In 40 years, you will be enjoying life with your daughter. And though it took time to get to this point, it was all worth living for.” Rinko Kawauchi
Born in Shiga Prefecture, Japan in 1972. In 2002, Kawauchi received the 27th Kimura Ihei Award for her works Utatane and Hanabi. She has gone on to receive international acclaim, receiving the Art award for the 25th ICP Infinity Awards in 2009 and displaying her work in numerous exhibitions both within Japan and abroad. Notable solo exhibitions include Illuminance, Ametsuchi, Seeing Shadow at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (2012), The river embraced me at the Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, et. al. Among her expansive body of published works is the photographic picture book Hajimari no Hi (A New Day), released in 2018, and her 2017 photography collection, Halo. rinkokawauchi.com
Title: When I was seven.
Photographs and Text: Rinko Kawauchi
Design: Rin Takehiro
Cooperation: agnés b.
Size: 18.0 x 14.8 cm / 64 pages / Softcover / Double-leafed binding
Languages: Japanese / English
|Dimensions||24 × 21 × 4 cm|