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Artist Talk with Laura Liverani

May 9, 2019

Japan-based Italian photographer Laura Liverani will shed light on her interest in unveiling six lesser-known Japanese communities and discuss how she documents this process through photographic portraiture.

The posed portrait as a mode of representation highlights both personal and social identities of each individual. In a collaboration between photographer and sitter, each person portrayed has some degree of control in how they appear in the images. Whether at home, at the workplace, at school, or elsewhere, the everyday environment is transformed into a temporary set where to perform [an] identity.

Laura Liverani

This talk event is part of the event program for Coexistences: Portraits of Today’s Japan, a free exhibition on display at The Japan Foundation Gallery from April 12 to June 21, 2019.


Laura Liverani is a photographer and lecturer based between Tokyo and Italy. After completing an MA in Arts and Media at the University of Bologna and in Photographic Studies at the University of Westminster in London, Laura has been working internationally on self-initiated projects and commissions. Her work has been featured in magazines, books, exhibitions and festivals in Asia and Europe. In 2015 she was awarded the Premio Voglino grant for her long term series on the indigenous population of Northern Japan Ainu Neno An Ainu. Her photography on Ainu has been exhibited in Tokyo.

Laura was exclusively assigned by Iperborea the photography for The Passenger- Giappone, a magazine book that has proved an editorial success in Italy.

More about Laura Liverani


May 9, 2019 (Thursday)
6:30pm-7:30pm (Doors open 6pm)


Free, no bookings required.


The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway
Chippendale NSW 2008


(02) 8239 0055

Top image: Laura Liverani, Performance boot-covers and shoes worn by Japan Pom Pom cheerleaders (detai), 2014.
Bio image: Laura Liverani, photo by Yasuhiro Hamasaki


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