Unnatural Nature

Unnatural Nature

Artist: Kana Kuwasako

Publisher: Case Publishing

JPY 4,400

– Book Size: 620 × 420 mm
– Pages: 13 pages, 12 images
– Publication Year: 2021
– Language: Japanese, English
– Limited Edition: 300
– ISBN: 978-4-908526-46-6

Unnatural Nature is Japanese photographer Kana Kuwasako’s debut publication. Shot in forests and mountains in her home of Hokkaido, Kuwasako’s images present a recreation of her own sensations of the photographed locations rather than strictly visual captures of their appearance. Her approach renders natural landscapes as bright, complex images that reflect on the origin of their creation as much as on the artificial concept of nature.

The publication is designed like a wall-mountable calendar; each individual page can be torn off and enjoyed on its own.

About Kana Kuwasako

Kana Kuwasako was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, where she currently resides. She graduated with a degree in Fine Arts (Printmaking) from Hokkaido University of Education’s Iwamizawa Campus in 2013. In 2019, she won the Portfolio Review Grand Prize at the Hokkaido Photo Festa; the same year, the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts added her works to its collection.

Her exhibitions include after the rain (2020, Gallery Sou, Sapporo), 2019 Young Portfolio Exhibition (2020, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Hokuto), mima-no-me vol. 6 (2020, Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art, Sapporo), Becoming the Night (2021, Photo Gallery Flow Nagoya, Nagoya), Unnatural Nature (2021, Terrace Keikaku, Sapporo), and many more.

Kana Kuwasako uses the camera to record experiences and phenomena with an elusive but certain presence, like wind, light or sound. Her works are divided into two series: arteria, for which Kuwasako embroiders her prints with traces of light and wind buried within the photographs, complementing the errors in the image; and Unnatural Nature, in which she recreates her own sensuous experiences in an approach that diverges from traditional still images and reflects on the photographed locations (usually forests and mountains) and on the concept of nature.

About Case Publishing

Founded in 2015 with a focus on photography and contemporary art, Case Publishing made it its mission to expand the art book into a platform for an even richer variety of art forms. Together with Japanese galleries and international artists, Case Publishing elevates art books into a new mode of expression by utilizing the individual strengths of books both as a medium and as objects. In September 2017, Case Publishing opened exhibition spaces in Tokyo and Rotterdam which serve as places of cultural exchange for local communities.

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