Hiroh Kikai Captures Raw Essence of Existence in 'Ya-Chimata'

  • by The Cartellino Team

Portrait photographer Hiroh Kikai marks NANZUKA's first exhibition by a photographer with Ya-Chimata. Kikai captures the lives and human nature of the people as his subjects. The images reflect more than just the physicality of being human but also the raw aspects of people. The unnamed people in the images span from unemployed individuals to well-known personalities, yet each is deemed equal through the photos—all with stories to tell and hardships to go through; all kings; all wrapped in their own dignity. “You know, people don’t become refined in a way as if peeling away the outer shell and removing what is not needed," Kikai shares. "They come to make sense of themselves, thinking, "I’m fine with this” through continuing to live one while holding on to all the excess experience, unnecessary hardships, and useless failures.” 

Cartellino NANZUKA Hirok Kikai Ya-Chimata
Installation view of Ya Chimata
Cartellino NANZUKA Hirok Kikai Ya-Chimata
A young man wearing earrings in G clef shape
Cartellino NANZUKA Hirok Kikai Ya-Chimata
A lady with a silver fox stole
Cartellino NANZUKA Hirok Kikai Ya-Chimata
A woman who asked if I could spare some change, as her throat was parched
Cartellino NANZUKA Hirok Kikai Ya-Chimata
Two Sisters
Cartellino NANZUKA Hirok Kikai Ya-Chimata
Installation view of Ya Chimata
Cartellino NANZUKA Hirok Kikai Ya-Chimata
A woman having a heavy wallet
Cartellino NANZUKA Hirok Kikai Ya-Chimata
A man who’d had a dream at daybreak, for the first time in ages
Cartellino NANZUKA Hirok Kikai Ya-Chimata
Installation view of Ya Chimata
 Ya-Chimata will be on view at NANZUKA in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo until January 26, 2020.
Photos courtesy of NANZUKA.