Incognito: The Eye In Search
Photography Exhibition by Rinko Kawauchi, Tomoko Sawada and Yuki Onodera

28 September - 27 October 2018

Japan Creative Centre (JCC)

© Rinko Kawauchi / Tomoko Sawada / Yuki Onodera

Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore, together with Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), are proud to present Incognito: The Eye In Search, an international highlight exhibition of the festival by three prominent female Japanese photographers — Rinko Kawauchi, Tomoko Sawada and Yuki Onodera. Do not miss this exclusive exhibition and their works for the first time in Singapore at JCC!

About the Exhibition

© Yuki Onodera

To discover the unknown, one often has to play the role of the unknown herself. Photographers are hence mostly, undercover agents taking on new perspectives, guises and identities to contemplate, agitate and displace the status quo.

Incognito: The Eye In Search presents the works of three prominent female Japanese photographers — Rinko Kawauchi, Tomoko Sawada and Yuki Onodera, at phases of their creative journeys where they have encountered external stimuli for change. In response, each artist deployed unique strategies of observation and intervention to re-calibrate themselves in their contexts.

What ensues is an arresting meditation on relationships between internal and external realities, sensorial and physical elements, and the experience of living through the sheer act of creating and photographing.

About the Festival

© SIPF 2018

The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is a biennial gathering of minds from around the world with the common pursuit of advancing the art and appreciation of photography. It aims to be a much-needed arena for critical thought and academic discussion on photography in Southeast Asia.

The SIPF will also function as a key platform to discover, nurture and propel Southeast Asian photographers onto the international stage. Through its associate programmes, the festival hopes to engage the public and cultivate a larger audience. At the core of SIPF is a firm belief that photography can be enjoyed by all.

SIPF is organised by DECK, an independent art space for photography. DECK is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Grant for the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019.

About the Artists

Rinko Kawauchi was born in Shiga Prefecture, Japan in 1972. In 2001, she released three photobooks — UTATANE, HANABI, and HANAKO. Other publications include Illuminance (2011), Ametsuchi (2013) and Halo (2017). Kawauchi has participated in and hosted a multitude of group and solo exhibitions both in Japan and all over the world.

Tomoko Sawada was born in Kobe in 1977. She uses photography to explore the relationship between one’s inner life and outer image. Her works have been presented internationally and are in major public collections including TOP Museum in Tokyo, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, MoMA, and the International Center of Photography in New York.

Yuki Onodera was born in 1962 in Tokyo and graduated from the Kuwazawa Design School. Since 1993, she lives and works in Paris. Onodera has participated in numerous museums and festival exhibitions including Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her solo exhibition includes Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur- Saône, France, Museum of Photography, Seoul and TOP Museum, Tokyo.

Details of the Exhibition


28 September - 27 October 2018


10am - 6pm (Closed on Sundays, Mondays and 9 October)
Open on Sunday, 30 September for Artist Dialogue (Details are shown below)


Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore
4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372



Dialogue with Rinko Kawauchi, Tomoko Sawada & Yuki Onodera

There will also be an exclusive dialogue session with all the three Japanese female photographers — Rinko Kawauchi, Tomoko Sawada and Yuki Onodera at JCC. Slots are limited, so hurry and sign up now!


Sunday, 30 September 2018


2pm - 3:30pm (Registration starts 1:30pm)


Japan Creative Centre (JCC)


For further information, please visit and RSVP directly with SIPF 2018 at

© Tomoko Sawada

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4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372
Tel: +65-6737-0434

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