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Shinya Masuda

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Shinya Masuda

Born: 1965

Hometown: Tokyo

Lives and Works: Tokyo

 

Shinya Masuda’s works visualize the complexity of familial relationships. Carrying on family traditions while claiming a self-determined path has long been the subject of novels and films. Masuda uses the objects in his daily life that signify relationship and the conflicting way of love, enmity, and reconciliation.

HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU When I was a child, my grandmother said ‘Anything with a shape will eventually be gone’, and what she told me has remained in my mind to this day. Back then, I had no doubt that some things would definitely last forever. There is a Buddhist term, ‘Shogyo Mujyo’. ‘Shogyo’ means every bit of every phenomenon in this world, and ‘Mujyo’ means nothing lasts as it is, and constantly changes. Memory has no physical form. People rely on material things when they recall their memories. But anything with a shape will eventually be gone. As a result, memories live on forever in their minds. The idea of this work came to me when I found rotten food inside a box that my mother had sent me from my hometown. I felt so sorry when I thought of my mother’s affection towards me. The process of a food rotting and losing its form is taken for granted, but I strongly felt that I want to express my mother’s love in some kind of form. I portrayed the rotten food as the dead soul and chose one of the Japanese card games ‘HANAFUDA’ as a dress (SHOUZOKU) to send off the dead. The reason I chose ‘HANAFUDA’ is that I often played ‘HANAFUDA’ with my grandmother who actually taught me the concept of ‘Shogyo Mujyo’. It is a tribute to my wonderful grandmother.

Awards & Honors
2018 Critical Mass Top 50
2017 LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards - Winner
2017 Sony World Photography Awards - Professional Group Still Life Category 2nd Place
2017 Review Santa Fe
2017 8th Annual Center Forward Exhibition - Director's Honorable Mention
2017 The Seventh Annual Exposure Photography Award - Winner
2016 FAUX Exhibition - Director's Honorable Mention

Solo Exhibitions
2017 “Hanafuda Shouzoku” Sony Imaging Gallery Ginza,Tokyo
2016 “Katsuko” Artemis Art Gallery,Publika,Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards Exhibition)

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Biennale of the Tangible Image,Paris
2018 Umbria World Fest,Foligno,Italy
2018 Color Cue Explorations in Perception Projection,Santa Fe,USA
2018 LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards Exhibition Klompching Gallery,Brooklyn,NY
2017 LensCulture Winter Exhibition Klompching Gallery,Brooklyn,NY
2017 Sony World Photography Awards ,Sony Imaging Gallery Ginza,Tokyo
2017 8th Annual Center Forward Exhibition,The Center for Fine Art Photography,State of Colorado Fort Collins,USA
2017 The Fence,Brooklyn,Boston,Atlanta,Houston,Santa Fe,Durham,Denver,and Calgary,USA and CANADA
2017 Sony World Photography Awards 2017,Somerset House,London,UK
2016 FAUX Exhibition,The Center for Fine Art Photography,State of Colorado Fort Collins,USA

Features/Publications
2018 The Best of LensCulture, Vol. 2
2018 Gente di Fotografia Numero71 Photographic Culture Magazine,Italy
2018 NRC Media Holding,Amsterdam

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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU #51 by Shinya Masuda
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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU #51

Shinya Masuda

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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU #13 by Shinya Masuda
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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU #13

Shinya Masuda

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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU #52 by Shinya Masuda
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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU #52

Shinya Masuda

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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU #17 by Shinya Masuda
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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU #17

Shinya Masuda

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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU #3 by Shinya Masuda
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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU #3

Shinya Masuda

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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU #7 by Shinya Masuda
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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU #7

Shinya Masuda

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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU #4 by Shinya Masuda
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HANAFUDA SHOUZOKU #4

Shinya Masuda

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El Condor Pasa #4 by Shinya Masuda
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El Condor Pasa #4

Shinya Masuda

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