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Recording of Vision Culture Lecture with Michiko Kasahara at Shalini Ganendra Fine Art (SGFA), Malaysia on 14 June 2012
Contemporary Identity in Photography, MICHIKO KASAHARA, Chief Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
Michiko Kasahara, an established authority in Japanese contemporary art, began her career as a curator with the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 1989 . Thereafter, she joined t the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, for a four year term after which she returned to the Metropolitan Museum as the Chief Curator in 2006.
Amongst her many international achievements is her appointment as the commissioner for Japan at the fifty-first Venice Biennale (2005). She received The Photographic Society of Japan Award (2002) and has received numerous awards for her curatorial essays. As the guest curator for the Japan Foundation's international traveling exhibitions, she took her projects including 'Out of the Ordinary/Extraordinary' (2004) and the 2003 'City-net Asia' project to the USA, UK, South Korea, Philippines.
Kasahara's curatorial projects focus predominantly on contemporary Japanese photography. Acclaimed exhibitions include 'On Your Body' (2008), 'On Landscape' (2002), and 'Kiss in the Dark' (2001). She also organizes American Perspectives exhibitions. Her previous projects include 'Photographs from the Polaroid Collection' (2000), 'Love's Body: Rethinking the Naked and the Nude in Photography' (1998), 'Alfred Stieglitz and His Contemporaries' (1997), and 'Gender Beyond Memory: The Works of Contemporary Women Artists' (1996).
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