mutation / creation ​​©︎ Harumi Shimizu
mutation / creation ​​©︎ Harumi Shimizu
mutation / creation ​​©︎ Harumi Shimizu
mutation / creation ​​©︎ Harumi Shimizu

Harumi Shimizu


mutation / creation

10/10 Celebrating Contemporary Japanese Women Photographers


Curated by
Lucille Reyboz,
Yusuke Nakanishi and
Pauline Vermare


Harumi Shimizu’s ‘mutation/creation’ series is a unique topological work, and an arresting inventory of unusual natural categories. Shot in her studio or, ingeniously, at zoos and other places where she pursues her research, her photographs evoke both a science laboratory and the fantastic world of Alice in Wonderland. Her photographs present us with an array of artificially created species as well as natural mutations that failed after one generation. Shimizu defines her motivation as ‘positive curiosity’ and is very clear about her intentions. As she explains, she is driven by ‘an interest in humanity's common aesthetic sense and human attempts to create new breeds, and a natural-history interest in species variation.’ Shimizu documents wild mutations, long-established hybrids, and mutations that have been passed down from generation to generation in various places. The resulting work, strikingly vibrant and colorful, is a cause for wonder, and for deeper wonderings. Her photographs reveal her very strong attachment to nature, and constitute a tender tribute to the strange-but-beautiful.

filmed with the cooperation of:
Aqua Garage/animal room IKEMOFU/amazing narnia/Kakegawa Kachouen/
Onagadori Center/Oouchiyama Zoo/Kyoto Kitayama-Sugi-no-Sato Center/
Toba Aquarium/Hiroshima University Amphibian Research Center


10:30 - 17:30

Admission accepted 30 mins before the venue closes.

Adult: ¥1,500
Students: ¥1,200 (Please present your student ID)

Closed: 4/12, 4/19, 4/26

All visitors to the exhibition need to make reservations in advance.
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HOSOO FLAGSHIP STORE 2F & 5F, 412, Kakimoto-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Subway Karasuma Line or Tozai Line ”Karasuma Oike” station. 2 min on foot from Exit 6

10/10 Celebrating Contemporary Japanese Women Photographers

Co-curated by Pauline Vermare, Independent curator and photography historian (formerly cultural director of Magnum Photos and curator at ICP, New York) and Co-founders/Co-directors of KYOTOGRAPHIE, Lucille Reyboz and Yusuke Nakanishi. Through the series shown in the exhibition, we see a reflection and perspective distinctive to each photographer, whether they are living and working in Japan or abroad. These powerful images will be presented in a scenography that embodies the KYOTOGRAPHIE spirit and gives each artist her own customized space, thanks to versatile and sustainable structure, conceived by Kyoto-based designer and architect Hiroyasu Konishi.

This exhibition is supported by Women In Motion, a Kering program that shines a light on the talent of women in the fields of arts and culture. Since 2015, Women In Motion has been a platform of choice for helping to change mindsets and reflect on women’s place and recognition across artistic fields.

Harumi Shimizu

Born in 1989. Based in Tokyo. Solo exhibitions: “The Plants in the Voynich Manuscript” at IMA Gallery, 2019; “OPEN FRUIT IS GOD” at gallery blanka, 2015; “icedland” at Place M, 2014.
Group exhibitions: “Asama International Photo Festival” at Nagano, 2018; “LUMIX MEETS
BEYOND 2020 by Japanese Photographers #4” at Amsterdam, Paris, Tokyo, 2016.

Other Exhibitions

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Guy Bourdin

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The Museum of Kyoto Annex