Kensaku Seki (b. 1983) took up photography after working for three years as a lower secondary school teacher in Bhutan. Here he presents the new face of Bhutan’s young people and their hip-hop scene, which has emerged amidst soaring unemployment and uncertainty about the future. Although constrained by conservative Buddhist tradition, these hip-hop kids find a glimmer of hope through their music: “We’ve got talent and passion, but no chance to show it. We just want a chance”. Gokab is the Bhutanese word for “chance”. Seki’s evocative portraits of their inner struggles and discontent are shown framed in his subjects’ own graffiti.
Born 1983 in Chiba Prefecture, Kensaku Seki graduated in Health and Sports Science from Juntendo University.From 2007 he served for three years as a lower secondary school physical education instructor in Bhutan before becoming a freelance photographer in 2011. A devoted portraitist of his subjects’ inner lives, he won the coveted 2017 Yōnosuke Natori Award for Young Photographers for his documentary work on a friend’s struggles after suffering a brain tumor. Seki’s 2018 photobook "OFHOPE AND FEAR", which focuses on Bhutanese youth keen on hip-hop culture, received a Portfolio Review Special Prize at this year’s KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival and ranked among the top 3 nominees for the 2018 Photobook Week Aarhus Dummy Award.
- Talk Session (Language: Japanese)
- Kensaku Seki × Natsuki Yasuda (photo journalist)
- Oct 28 Sun. 16:30-17:30
- FUJIFILM SQUARE
- Events require booking from following application.
- FUJIFILM SQUARE
7-3 Akasaka, 9-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan (Tokyo Midtown)
Directly connected to Hibiya Line “Roppongi” station underground passage
Directly connected to Oedo Line “Roppongi” station from exit 8
Chiyoda Line “Nogizaka” station. 5 min on foot from exit 3