sawasawato ©︎ Noriko Hayashi
sawasawato ©︎ Noriko Hayashi
sawasawato ©︎ Noriko Hayashi

Noriko Hayashi

林 典子


10/10 Celebrating Contemporary Japanese Women Photographers


Curated by
Lucille Reyboz,
Yusuke Nakanishi and
Pauline Vermare


Noriko Hayashi is a long-form documentary photographer, but this series feels as much like a personal pursuit as a professional one. Between 1959 and 1984, as part of a ‘repatriation program,’ over 90,000 men and women left Japan to settle in North Korea, including 1,800 Japanese women married to Korean men. This series is about these Japanese women who, at the mercy of politics and the times, were forced into an unanticipated exile, far away from their home country and their families. Noriko Hayashi visited North Korea twelve times over seven years to interview and photograph eight of these women. Her project made it possible for them to reminisce about their past life in Japan, and for us to hear their stories: tales of exile, family, and the weight of history and memory. Looking at their portraits and discovering their stories, one feels the deep and beautiful connection that united the photographer with her subjects. With this very challenging project, developed over time and relying on a deep trust and connection built with her subjects, Hayashi exemplifies the role that photography plays in our society as a conveyor of the human experience.


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

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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.

Noriko Hayashi

Documentary photographer based in Tokyo. She began taking pictures for a local newspaper in Gambia, West Africa, when she was still a university student studying international relations. She is represented by Panos Pictures. Her work has been recognized internationally with awards such as the NPPA Best of Photojournalism and the Visa d’Or feature award at the Visa pour l’Image festival. She has published two photo books, AlakaChuu (National Geographic, 2014) and The Prayer of the Yazidis, about the plight of Yazidis in Iraq’s civil war (Akaaka Art Publishing, 2016). In 2019, she published Photo Documentary: Japanese Wives in Korea: 60 Years of Memories (Iwanami Shinsho), which was published in Korean in 2020 by a Korean publisher.
Her work has been featured worldwide in publications such as The New York Times, GRANTA, Stern, National Geographic, Marie Claire, and Der Spiegel. Since 2013, she has been engaged in a project about Japanese wives living in North Korea.

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