2021 / Fine Art / Other

Greedy Otherworld

  • Photographer
    Kouta Takahashi

Why do people flock to cities? For me, born in the country, the streets of Tokyo, filled with advertising photos, were a glamorous sight.The desire of companies to use their ample funds to implement sales strategies was swirling around.It's impossible to walk down the street without seeing an ad. I feel that I came to Tokyo because I was unwittingly brainwashed by the messages of greed created by the rich. The appearance of the person in the ad photo in the show window seemed to be dominated by the ad. Is the desire created and used by capitalism healthy for human beings and their environment?

Photographer / Born in Akita, Japan in 1986. My participation in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake relief efforts led me to journey around Japan by myself for about five years starting in 2012 to study society. Through my journeys, I have developed an interest in regional development and have created a photographic work that aims to communicate the attractions of my hometown, Akita, and held my first solo exhibition in January 2019. Since then, I have mainly produced works on social issues, and have shown my work in Japan and abroad, including in Tokyo, Paris and Dubai.