Rosemary Laing honoured in Japan

Rosemary Laing picks up the Overseas Photographer Award at the 35th Higashikawa International Photography Festival.

Words: Camilla Wagstaff

Renowned photographic artist Rosemary Laing is this week honoured at the 35th Higashikawa International Photography Festival in Hokkaido, Japan.

Affectionately known as The Town of Photography since the 1980s, Higashikawa puts profound value on – and efforts in promoting – both national and international photographic practice.

Laing will receive the Overseas Photographer Award for photographic achievements, in recognition of her renowned series’ including weather (2006), leak (2010) and Buddens (2017). The Award Winners’ Photo Exhibition is on view from 5 to 28 August at the Higashikawa Bunka Gallery and exhibits works from Laing’s weather and leak.

“My projects are often created in meaningful places, wherein I set up situations for the camera by either making a construction or working with a performer,” says the artist. “[In these series’] I am interested in the elastic gravity between the sky, and the ground, and their connected conditions.”

Laing’s latest series, skyground, is currently on view at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, until Saturday 17 August.

Image: Rosemary Laing, skyground #1 2019. Archival pigment print. edition of 8, dimensions variable.

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