Rinko Kawauchi

California Museum of Photography

October 2, 2004 - January 2, 2005

Saturday, September 18, 2004, 12am - 4pm

Rinko Kawauchi's AILA uses photography to thematically illustrate notions of birth, life, death, and time. No single image can neatly encapsulate the nuance of temporality that is embodied by Kawauchi's AILA. Instead, the photographs that compose AILA must be viewed in relationship to one another. One comes to an understanding of AILA only through the process of piecing together portraits ranging from a loud birth to muted images of breaking waves to the stillness of a formation of clouds. This, Kawauchi's latest series, appropriately employs the progression - and pause - of time to exemplify the very essence of photography as it is used to capture a moment.