Following the murder of George Floyd by police officers, demonstrations across the U.S. and beyond ignite against racism and police brutality, at times met with less than magnanimous authority.
Tomoki Imai was born in 1974 in Hiroshima. He graduated from the Department of Aesthetics and Art History, Tokyo University of the Arts in 1998. In his works, such as Mahiru – In the Middle of the Day and LIGHT AND GRAVITY, Imai captures everyday scenes of interiors, forests, and streets that are nevertheless filled with serenity. In recent years, he has produced In Their Eyes (2016) by following the works of photographers who made images from different political positions during World War II, and treating memories of the past as something not separated from the present, but rather as that which approaches the present; and Semicircle Law (2013), in which he photographed straight ahead the reactor building at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant from mountain tops within its 30km radius. He has participated in group exhibitions such as In the Here and Now, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo (2017), 19th DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow, The National Art Center, Tokyo (2016), Meguro Address, Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo (2012). His works are included in the collection of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Tokyo Photographic Art Museum.
[Taka Ishii Gallery]