Iizawa Kotaro: Decoding PROVOKE

Iizawa Kotaro
Art critic and photography historian, IIZAWA Kotaro was born in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, in 1954 and holds a Doctorate in Fine Arts from Tsukuba University. Iizawa was editor-in-chief of the quarterly photography magazine déjà-vu from 1990 to 1994 and has authored a number of books, including Touring into the History of Japanese Photography (Shincho-sha, 1992), Araki! (Hakusui-sha, 1994), Welcome to the Photography Museum (Kodan-sha, 1996), On I-Photography (Chikuma-shobo, 2000), Photographers and Their Words (Shuei-sha, 2003), Digigraphy: Does Digital Kill Photography? (Tyuokoron-shinsha, 2004), Japanese Photographers (Hakusui-sha, 2005), Araki Books! 1970-2005 (Bijutushuppan-sha, 2006), Pleasure of Photography (Iwanami-shoten, 2007), Thinking into Photography (Kawade-shobo-shinsha, 2009), The Age of Girls Photography (On-nanoko-shashin-no-jidai, 2010), Read deeply! 100 Super-masterpieces of Japanese Photography (Fuka-yomi! Nihon-shashin-no-cho-meisaku 100, 2012), Contemporary Japan Photo Archive: Photo Expression after the Earthquake 2011-2013 (Gendainihon-shashin-akaibu: shinsai-igo-no shashin hyogen 2011 - 2013, 2015), and Keywords in Contemporary Japanese Photography (Kiwado-de-yomu-gendainihon-shashin, 2017).
Isabella Tam, Associate Curator, Visual Art, M+
Isabella Tam is Associate Curator for Visual Art at M+, where she conducts research for the M+ Sigg Collection of Chinese contemporary art, a core collection of the museum; she also focuses on photography in East Asia and beyond. As a curator, she has co-curated “Canton Express” (2017) and “M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art” (2016), and also contributed to several other M+ exhibitions, including “Mobile M+: Inflation!” (2013) and “Song Dong: 36 Calendars” (2012). Prior to joining M+, Tam was Assistant Curator of the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre. A recipient of the 2011 Whitechapel Gallery Curatorial Fellowship in London, Tam has two master’s degrees from the University of Essex, in Art History and Curatorial Studies.
In Japanese and English, with Cantonese and English simultaneous interpretation
Free admission. Please register on website in advance


Accompanying the first PROVOKE exhibition ever to be held in Asia, this special talk by IIZAWA Kotaro, author of innumerable books on Japanese photography and the founder and driving editorial force behind the 1990s photography quarterly déjà-vu, will focus on the historical context of PROVOKE magazine. In this illustrated talk, he will discuss how photographers NAKAHIRA Takuma, TAKANASHI Yutaka, and MORIYAMA Daido, art critic TAKI Koji, and poet OKADA Takahiko ran this magazine in the turbulent 1960s and how the PROVOKE movement transformed post-war Japanese photography and ways in which it continues to activate thought throughout Asia today.

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