Event Report
KG+ Award 2018
Grand Prix Winner Exhibition
Kenryou Gu - Utopia

The photography competition KG+ Award 2018 took place as part of KG+ 2018,
a satellite event of 2018’s KYOTOGRAPHIE co-hosted by SIGMA.
Kenryou Gu, winner of the KG+ Award 2018 Grand Prix,
exhibited his award-winning series in Tokyo from November 24 till December 22, 2018,
as part of the main program of TOKYOGRAPHIE,
an international photography festival which was held in locations all over Japan’s capital.
In today’s column, we would like to present a brief overview of the exhibition,
starting with photographs from the meet & greet event held on the opening day.

Text: SEIN Online Photos: Kenryou Gu, Tsutomu Sakihama

Kenryou Gu, winner of the KG+ Award 2018 Grand Prix.

Kenryou Gu – Utopia

Kenryou Gu portrays the interplay between humans and nature in emotive landscape images. The present series depicts contemporary utopias, with each faithfully recorded aerial view affording a perspective on today’s world, while collectively they do not represent any summative utopia. As part of the KG+ Award 2018, Gu will exhibit in the main KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival in 2019.
(from the exhibition’s introductory text)

* For more details on KG+2018 and the KG+ Award 2018, please have a look at “Voice Vol. 13” on SEIN Online

A smiling Kenryou Gu talking about his grand prix with photographer Tadashi Ono (left), Gu’s former teacher.
As part of the competition, SIGMA provides all winners and finalists of the KG+ Award 2018 Grand Prix with the opportunity to exhibit their works in Tokyo-based galleries.
A group exhibition featuring the works of all four grand prix finalists (excluding winner Kenryou Gu) will take place at America-Bashi Gallery in Tokyo’s Ebisu district starting January 31, 2019. We look forward to seeing you there.

|Exhibition information

SIGMA×KG+ 2018
Award Finalists Exhibition

January 31 – February 11, 2019
Open 11:00 – 19:00 (open all days)
(Please note: doors close 17:00 on the final day)

Location: America-Bashi Gallery
1-22-3 Ebisu-minami, Shibuya-ku, 150-0022 Tokyo, Japan

An opening reception & gallery talk will take place
February 2, 2019, 17:00-19:00
at America-Bashi Gallery

Kenryou Gu


Born in Kyoto in 1994 and raised in Shanghai, Kenryou Gu studied in Arles, France at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie before graduating in photography from Kyoto University of Art and Design. He is currently based in Tokyo.

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