Kanie gave a lecture on her documentary film and how to write an artist statement at the SAMURAI FOTO exhibition.

October 1st-2nd, 2022 /2022年10月1日~2日

During the group exhibition of SAMURAI FOTO, Kanie gave a lecture at the Striped House Gallery in Roppongi, Tokyo. In the first half of the lecture, she talked about her film, "Messages from Fukushima -nevertheless, we live here", and the making process. In the second half, using her artist statement from the movie as an example, she explained the necessary points of creating an artist statement. By considering the idea and thoughts over and over, the artwork gets better and better.

私がディレクターを務めるSAMURAI FOTOのグループ展開催中に、東京・六本木のストライプハウス・ギャラリーにてレクチャーを行いました。

Considering the idea of the artist statement many times makes the artworks get better.

This is a 21-minute video of the seminar held on Saturday, October 1st.

Many people listened intently and took notes during the seminar. Kanie’s effort for thinking about a new method for making an artist statement paid off.

It was 11 years ago that Kanie got to know about the artist statement when she joined Portfolio Review held in Arles in the South of France. In Japan, there were few people who knew what the artist statement was at that time.

She started teaching how to write the artist statement 10 years ago. Due to COVID-19, she couldn’t give lectures, and this is her first time giving a lecture in three years. And it was free.

When Kanie taught how to write an artist statement, she found there were two types of people to blossom or not. It all depends on whether they've thought deeper and further into themselves, recreated their artworks, and kept working on their statement.

If you keep learning and writing about your artist statement, you will achieve your goal as a photographer. You may not be good at writing at first but keep on trying. This is the key.

The seminar on Day 2 was also a great success.

This is a video of the opening of the seminar held on October 2nd.

More people than the first day came to the lecture. Thank you for listening to the end of the lecture even with no chair.

Kanie is a writer and an editor, so she says she is good at writing. However, the most important thing for writing an artist statement is to have a philosophy of oneself.

It was the first "Artist Statement Course" in four years for Kanie, and she was very happy that many people were looking forward to coming. She was grateful for that.
Kanie said that she was able to find a new method for writing an artist statement. She will keep searching for the best way to “how to find your own philosophy” and “how to improve your artist statement” for the people who want to become artists. If you get interested, please feel free to come to the lecture next time.