JAN 24 - FEB 22, 2020

 For the 4th consecutive year, CHI-KA, in collaboration with Tokyo-based Einstein Studio, is pleased to present its exhibition NEW JAPAN PHOTO - ISSUE 10, alongside winners of the prestigious ‘JAPAN PHOTO AWARD’.

CHI-KA will host a curated selection of 40 wildly interesting works from the latest NEW JAPAN PHOTO - the catalogue of up and coming Japanese photographers, which aims to connect the photographers to gallerists, collectors, critics and publishers around the world. The selection of 50 original limited edition artist works are reasonably priced at AED200 each (in <A4 format). Acquisition of works is on a first come first served basis.

Shown alongside New Japan Photo works will be larger format images that won the esteemed JAPAN PHOTO AWARD - an annual competition and award bringing together emerging and award-winning Japanese photographers leaving a mark on the contemporary fine art photography scene in Tokyo and beyond. The Award, which started in 2013 by Einstein Studio, is currently the largest photography award in Japan, with over 5000 participants.

This year’s jury members include established curators and editors, such as: 

  • Francesco Tenaglia (Mousse Chief Editor / Mirano)Mousse is a contemporary art magazine. Established in 2006, and publishing four issues every year, Mousse is made of interviews, conversations, and essays by some of the most important figures in international criticism, visual arts, and curating today, alternated with a series of feature columns. Mousse is peculiarly printed as a newspaper and bound as a magazine.
    Mousse keeps tabs on international trends in contemporary culture around the world. Mousse has an average print run of 35,000 copies and widespread distribution in Europe, America, Australia, and Asia, as well as in Italy, where it is available free of charge.

  • Patricia Karallis (Paper Journal Chief Editor / Melbourne), Launched in 2013, online and print magazine Paper Journal is updated regularly with interviews, features, studio visits and photobook reviews and aims to bring you the very best in contemporary visual arts. It is unique in that we feature a lot of different types of photography from unknown or new photographers alongside established names. Our contributors range from journalists, fashion editors, stylists, photographers and industry professionals.
    Based in Melbourne, London, and NYC and with contributors from all over the world, Paper Journal continues to grow with a series of independent exhibitions, printed publications, talks and events.

  • Charlotte Cotton, curator, writer and creative consultant who has explored photographic culture for over twenty years. She has held positions including curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, head of programming at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, and head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Rita Vitorelli (Spike Chief Editor / Berlin), Run by the artist Rita Vitorelli, Spike is a contemporary art magazine, online platform and event space. The flagship print magazine Spike is aimed at sustaining a vigorous, independent and meaningful art criticism. Essays by leading critics and curators are complemented by other formats offering room for polemics, meditations, and short answers to urgent questions. Published four times a year, Spike offers its readers both intimacy and immediacy through an unusually open editorial approach that is not afraid of controversy and provocation. The event space Spike Berlin has become known for heated round-table discussions and high-profile talks, while Spike Online features up-to-the-minute reports, interviews, and photo essays from around the world.

  • Mutsumi Ota, IMA Editorial Director. Furthermore, she is involved in publication editing and museum catalogue production.

Previously, winners of the Japan Photo Award were acquired by Prada Foundation as well as the Hermès Foundation, held solo exhibitions around the world, were recognized and awarded by Vogue Italia as ‘photo of the year’, graced the covers of international magazines and collaborated with renowned fashion designers like Issey Miyake. 

Prices of original artists’ works start at AED 200.

The exhibition will also have on display a series of publications by Einstein Studio, featuring a collection of photography introducing Japanese talent, and presented yearly at international art book fairs ; Art Book Fair Basel, NY Art Book Fair, Paris Photo, LA Art Book Fair, Stockholm Art Book Fair, and UNSEEN

The opening of ‘New Japan Photo - Issue 10’ coincides with Alserkal Avenue’s ‘Quoz Arts Fest‘ (Jan 24 & 25, 2020). 


Since its start in 2013, the award has grown into one of the biggest photography competition with the highest number of participants in Japan. Welcoming well established curators and editors such as Simon Baker (Tate’s Senior Curator of Photography), Charlotte Cotton (curator and writer on photography) and others as the jurors.

The winners of the award have collaborated with ISSEY MIYAKE, held solo exhibition and collected the work at Fondazione Prada, collected a work at La Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, and other successes in the art world.