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Kodama

Statement

The river in the bottom of the ravine was half frozen. It was a mother bear that had been shot, and dark-red blood was seeping into the freshly fallen snow.
The sun was setting, and my fingers had were freezing even inside my gloves. The men turned the bear’s body and I could see a vivid white pattern like a boomerang on her chest. The rest of her body seemed so black that I felt the word “jet” could be used only for this bear. The deep-darkness was beating slightly. Her eyes were shining emerald green. I felt she was looking for her child.
The first time I learned the word “matagi” I was 21. At that time, the word was an abstraction from literature. I could not imagine the cold northern matagi world.
The white boomerang was immediately colored red when a dagger was stabbed into her chest.
She died in the beginning of a new spring, and some big-black men stood around her. I wondered how her child would survive … Her fresh blood flowed out from an artery. Steam rose from the deep fat under her fur in the freezing air.
In the end her heart quietly stopped beating.

– Hajime Kimura
(Quotation from the artist statement / Reminders-Photography-Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan: 2013)

CV

In 1982, Hajime Kimura was born in Chiba prefecture next to Tokyo. In 2005, he graduated from architecture at Shibaura institute of technology in Tokyo. Since 2006 he has been actively photographed Asian countries, including China, India and Japan. Kimura wishes to express the invisible reality of human existence in the world with photography, and aspires to commit to his subject as hard as possible. His works has been exhibited and published world wide.
Awards/Grants
2011 TDPW(Tokyo Documentary photo workshop) Scholarship, Tokyo, Japan 2011 “Japan society for art of photography prize”, Ueno Hikoma Award, Fukuoka, Japan
2011 Eddie Adams Workshop, New York, USA
2012 “FOTO VISURA select award” Kuala Lumpur International Photo Award,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2012 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012 “Kyushu Sangyo university prize”, Ueno Hikoma Award, Fukuoka, Japan
2013 “2nd prize, Vattenfall photo award” Berlin, Germany
Exhibitions
2011 “Sequence of Drug”, Invisible photographers Asia, Singapore 2011 Solitary project", Bursa photo festival, Bursa, Turkey
2011 "Solitary", Angkor photo festival, Siem reap, Cambodia
2011 “Ueno Hikoma Awards Exhibition”, Museum of Kyushu Sangyo university, Fukuoka, Japan
2012 Solo Exhibition “Yamadachi”, Konica Minolta Photo Gallery, Tokyo
2012 "Man and dog", Bursa photo festival, Bursa, Turkey
2012 "MATAGI", Angkor photo festival, Siem reap, Cambodia
2013 Solo Exhibition “KODAMA” Reminders-Photography-Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan
2013 Group Exhibition “His Traces” C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2013 Group Exhibition “Tracks” Format International Photo Festival, Derby, UK
Book
2012 First photo book “KODAMA” by Mado-sha, Tokyo