Born in Inner Mongolia, China.
2015: Entered Musashino Art University, Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences
2018-2019: Studied at École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris
2020: Graduated from Musashino Art University
Ryu Ika won the Grand Prize in the 21st “1_WALL” Photography Competition in 2019 with Big Brother is Watching You.
Ryu isn’t satisfied by simply capturing the subject using her camera. Many of the photos taken in Inner Mongolia, where she grew up, Japan and Paris, where she studied, and Egypt, where she travelled, include what appear to be snapshot-like elements-situations encountered unexpectedly, meaningless gestures, subjects with their eyes only half open, and compositions in which the subject is not facing the camera directly.
However, it is also true that about half of these photos were taken under circumstances devised by the artist or with interventions by the artist. She also makes edits to the resulting photos, including negative-positive reversal, superimposing images that have been made transparent, and emphasizing noise or particular details.
Iioka Riku (Curatorial Assistant, Mori Art Museum) from Myself as Resistance-Ryu Ika’s The second seeing
By The Way
Book Specs: Book Size: 297 × 223 mm // Pages: 292 pages // Binding: Softcover // Publication Year: 2021 // Language: English, Japanese // ISBN: 978-4-86541-128-7. Available here.