Miho Kajioka

26-30 August 2020

About the workshop

The essence of the workshop of Miho Kajioka is conveyed beautifully in a quote from The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura: “It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.” The theme of the workshop was ‘Waves’ and it was initiated through a traditional Japanese tea ceremony that Miho hosted.

About the artist

Miho Kajioka (b. 1973, Japan, lives in Kyoto) studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and began there as a painting major, but little by little turned to photography. She finished her fine arts degree in Montreal, Canada. However, she began her career as a journalist, producing TV news and documentary programs for foreign news outlets, and didn’t produce art for more than 10 years. It was after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that Kajioka was reconnected with her photographic art. Two months after the disaster, while reporting in the area, Kajioka found roses blooming next to a blasted building. That mixture of grace and ruin led her to create art that celebrates beauty in daily life. Kajioka’s work has been exhibited in Spain, Italy, France, the Netherlands, the USA, Germany, Belgium, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Kajioka’s latest book ‘so it goes’ won Prix Nadar 2019.

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During the workshop, all necessary health security measures issued at the time were taken and participants presented the virus-free certificate.

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Participants

An Karen Wielockx 
Simon Di Leo
Lien Debruyne
Ioanna Kalamaki
Miho Kajioka
Sarah Johnson
Arthur Reijmer 
Despina Mouzaki
Marilena Stafylidou