Galerie Helder

Shigeo Arikawa



In de fotografie is een cruciale rol weggelegd voor het kijken en ervaren van het beeld. Fotograaf en filmer Shigeo Arikawa onderzoekt de waarneming van het beeld. Of met andere woorden: hoe zien we dat het beeld ‘waar’ is? Hij manipuleert zijn foto’s en speelt met illusie. Arikawa stelt ons bewustzijn op de proef. Kijken we goed genoeg naar wat we zien? Zijn we in staat tot waarnemen zonder continue beïnvloed te worden door onze persoonlijke geschiedenis of vooroordelen? Hoe zeker zijn we over wat we zien? Arikawa creëert beelden die niet zo vanzelfsprekend zijn.



In photography, a crucial role is reserved for viewing and experiencing the image. Photographer and filmmaker Arikawa Shigeo investigates the perception of the image. Or in other words: how do we see that the image is "true"? He manipulates his photos and plays with illusion. Arikawa is testing our consciousness. Do we look carefully enough at what we see? Are we able to perceive without being continuously influenced by our personal history or prejudice? How certain are we about what we see? Arikawa creates images that are not so obvious.


Artist Statement

" What is "seeing"? No one may be able to explain everything about the image in front of us. We seek out symbols and meaning in the image so as to recognize and comprehend; it is inevitable that we add information to the image. Discoveries vary greatly from viewer to viewer, depending on their social, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds and experiences, as well as their frame of mind and emotions in that instant. That is, the image constantly reinvents itself in the present, and includes the past as memories. "Seeing" is an attitude situated on the vague border between the appearance of an image and our act of attaching meaning to it.


Using time-based media – film, video, photography and sound – I induce the viewer's cognition to be temporarily dislocated in order to postpone the inflexibility of the image captured as a specific symbol or meaning, It can be said that I aim to make viewers blind and compel them to "see" in this state. To do this, a work doesn't necessarily have to be seen, maybe doesn't even need to be present in front of them. In other words, "seeing" is an act of renewing something, of having imagination, and of constantly providing diverse viewpoints and focal points for what we are confronted with. In my works, image and seeing are one and the same."



2002 – 2006 BA, Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo, JP)


2016 - Aomori Contemporary Art Centre / Aomori, JP

2014 – 2015 - Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten / Amsterdam, NL

2007 - Platr Artist in Residence Program / Phuket, TH

Award / Grant

2014 - Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists / Agency for Cultural Affairs

2009 - Shuji Terayama Prize / Image Forum Festival 2009




- Senses of Memory, uo exhibition with Bas Wiegmink, galerie Helder


- Athens Photo Festival 2018 Main Exhibitions / Benaki Museum, Athens, GR

- Preparing For Darkness Volume 2: Breaking God's Heart / Kühlhaus am Gleisdreieck, Berlin, DE


- Koganecho Bazaar 2017 / Yokohama, JP

- LOOP Fair 2017 Main Selection, Galerie Mazzoli / Barcelona ES


- SOLO exhibition, Seeing, Not Seeing, Galerie Helder, Den Haag, NL

– Canale Grande / Neuer Pfaffenhofener Kunstverein, Pfaffenhofen, DE


– RijksakademieOPEN 2015 / Amsterdam, NL

– The Morning I Killed a Fly / GALLERIA MAZZOLI, Modena, IT

– Hybrids / Galerie Helder, Den Haag, NL


– SOLO exhibition, It has already been ended before you can see the end. / Suburban PS Projection Space, Rotterdam (NL)

– International festival of contemporary photography "Another Dimension" / Novosibirsk State Art Museum, RU

– (IN)CONSTANCY OF SPACE / The Ring Gallery, Zagreb, HR

– Double Vision / kunstliefde, Utrecht NL



– NEW WORLD WATER / DVD / released from SOLCHORD / ISBN: 4862191000



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