Syoin Kajii

Born in Niigata, Japan, Kajii currently lives and works as a artist and Buddhist monk on Sado Island.

 

Syion Kajii, graduated from Koyasan University in Mikkyo, in esoteric Buddhism, in 1999. He has been taking photographs since the age of 16, and after having served his Buddhist apprenticeship at Koyasan (Mt. Koya) from 1995 to 1999, Kajii travelled around the world, to places such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, and the U.K. taking pictures. While working as a monk of the Singon sect in Sado Island, he has been actively working as a photographer. In 2004 he was awarded the 1st FOIL Award for his series of pictures in which he took a succession of waves on a shore in Sado. Following the FOIL Award, he published his first photo book NAMI and was awarded the Rookie of the Year 2005 by The Photographic Society of Japan for this overwhelmingly energetic and spiritual book. Another of his projects consists of photographing rural places suffering from serious depopulation, which was published as Marginal Village in 2009, for which he was awarded The Gotoh Memorial Foundation prize. In 2010 Kajii published his second book KAWA (river) showing breathtaking images of rivers from his extensive travels around the world. His newest work TSUKI (moon/month), was produced in 2011, concurrently with his homonymous video work for the exhibition “Mysticism – Longing for the Absolute” at the Museum Rietberg.

Education 


1999

BA Mikkyo (Esoteric Buddhism), Koyasan University, Koyasan, Japan

    

Solo Exhibitions

 

2012

Water and Land, Niigita Art Festival (Japan)

HARBIN 2009-2012

Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama (Japan)

FOIL Gallery, Tokyo (Japan)

2011

Tsuki

Christophe Guye Galerie at Ditting Raum Zurich (Switzerland)

2009

Shikamura

Tohoku University of Art and Design, Yamagata (Japan)

2008

NAMI

Niitsu Art Forum, Niigata (Japan)

Marginal Village

FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo (Japan)


2006

NAMI

epSITE, Tokyo (Japan)

2005 

NAMI

The Art & Natural History Museum of SADO, Niigata (Japan)

2004

1st FOIL Award winners exhibition

"NAMI" Little More Gallery, Tokyo (Japan)


   

Selected Group Exhibitions 


2012

ACQUA, Paris photo, Paris (France)

2011

Mysticism – The Longing for the Absolute

Museum Rietberg, Zurich (Switzerland)

2010

Inaugural Exhibition

Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich (Switzerland)

2008

Water in Photography

Huis Marseille stichting voor fotografie, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Oasis

Gana Art Busan, Busan (South Korea)  

             

2007

Spitting image

V1 Gallery, Copenhagen (Denmark)

FOIL vol.1Co-exist

FOIL Gallery, Tokyo (Japan)

"Views of Water: From Monet and Taikan to the Present"

Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama (Japan)

2006

Whisper Not!

Huis Marseille stichting voor fotografie, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Whisper not!

Huis Mareille, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

2005

Landscape

Gana Art Center, Seoul (South Korea)

The month of Photography, Tokyo (Japan)

Fuji Photo Salon, Tokyo (Japan)


   

Publications

 

2012

HARBIN 2009-2012

Foil Gallery

2010

KAWA

Foil Gallery

2008

Marginal Village

Foil Gallery

2005

The Photographic Society of Japan

The Rookie of the Year Award

2004

NAMI

Little More

    

Awards

 

2009

20th the Rookie of the Year by Gotoh Memorial Foundation

2005

The Photographic Society of Japan, the Rookie of the Year award

2004

1st FOIL Award

   

Collections


Huis Marseille, Amsterdam