The sixth edition of Kyotographie, Kyoto’s annual celebration of local and international photography, which opens in venues across the city on April 14, is titled “Up.” This year, the collection of exhibitions address France-Japan relations: the 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and the 60th anniversary of Paris and Kyoto’s sister city covenant.

It also coincides with the 50th anniversary of France’s civil unrest in May 1968, one early rallying point in the ongoing campaign for recognizing issues affecting marginalized societal demographics, including students, workers, women and immigrants. In Kyotographie, 15 headlining artists and a number of satellite events, exhibitions and workshops have been assembled for a festival-focused invitation to warm up to, stand up to and rise up to sensitive, generational, social, racial, ethnogeographic and political issues emerging from manifold contemporary photographic perspectives.

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