Photographer Kohey Kanno understands how uniquely we remember the places we’ve once visited. He knows that there’s something immensely heavy about the spots we carry with us when we finally leave them. We cannot shake them.
Photographer Greg Girard's latest publication, Hotel Okinawa, is a pictorial study of the hidden qualities of Japan's southernmost island, focusing on the US military bases that “matter-of-factly,” the photographer says, shaped the island's social and physical landscape.
Okinawan artist and designer Kiyoaki Shinzato looks deep into the natural environment to produce 'art-artifacts' that combine modern aesthetics and materials with the philosophical heritage of his ancestors. In this conversation, Shinzato offers insight into his work and aspirations.
Artist Tomotatsu Gima draws from imagery found in Okinawa to create pop collages that critique mass culture and its consumerist lifestyle. We stopped by his studio to talk about his images and motivations for making art.
For Okinawa-based live painter and calligraphy artist Naoyuki Soyamax, the fundamental value of his art lies in its ability to express the energy and essence of the people he meets. We met with the artist on the streets of Naha to talk about his practice.