05/02/2011 - Takatachô-Morinomae, from Rikuzentakata, 2011 Chromogenic print 17.48 x 21.65 (inch) (print); 20 x 24 (inch) (paper) Minneapolis Institute of Art The Ted and Dr. Roberta Mann Foundation Endowment Fund 2017.13.2

Excavating the Future City: Photographs by Naoya Hatakeyama

March 4, 2018 - July 22, 2018
Harrison Photography Gallery
Free Exhibition

Whether photographing limestone quarried by explosive blasts, the evolution of a city from a bird’s-eye-view, or recovery and reconstruction efforts of the artist’s tsunami-swept hometown in northeastern Japan, Naoya Hatakeyama’s photographic explorations have consistently traced the ways that human intervention alters nature and transforms it into the built environment. Each keenly composed image captures phases of creation, change, and destruction over time in Japan’s contemporary topographies. By documenting the lifecycles of these built and natural environments, Hatakeyama (Japanese, b. 1958) creates not just records of their past and present, but provides the possibility of imagining and projecting their future.

The artist’s first thematic exhibition organized by a U.S. museum features approximately 90 works created over the last 30 years.


Generous support provided by:

Japan Foundation

Bettie Cartwright
Anne Levy Fund
Gale Family Endowment
McClurg Fund