Kitties are not just cute
Last year “Cats Living Now”, a large-scale exhibition of kitties in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, attracted about 7,000 viewers in a week. This year it has scaled up. About 800 works by 65 groups of over 70 people are on exhibit (last year 44 groups of 71 people participated in the exhibition). Some of them are professionals. Others include skilled amateur photographers.
Moreover, the 2016 edition features works of Chien Pei-ling, a Taiwanese photographer of cats. She is working in Houtong in northeastern Taiwan, which was declining after coal mines had closed but is recently revived as a “cat village” thanks to cat enthusiasts (CNN, an American broadcaster, chose it as one of the best places in the world to see cats).
Cat lovers will surely enjoy the exhibition. But Mr Toshimitsu Hoshino, the organizer of the exhibition and a photographer, takes it seriously (in February he held a solo exhibition of photographs of cats). He thinks that many photographs of kitties are merely seen as entertainment. To change that, he designed the exhibition to offer various aspects and expressions of cats. They are not just cute; there are more than that.
Cats Living Now: Records and Memories of Cats at The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse in 2016
Date: November 2nd – November 7th 2016
Hours: 10:00 – 19:00 (15:00 on last day)
*Acceptance of admission until 30 minutes before of the end
*Elementary school or less free, re-admission only same day
Venue: The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
For more information (only available in Japanese)