Kan Azuma, Untitled, c. 1973, from the series Erosion. Gelatin silver print.

Kan Azuma: A Matter of Place

This exhibition showcases the photographic works of Kan Azuma (b. 1946, Tokyo, Japan), highlighting the artist’s poetic, lyrical and contemplative interpretation of the Canadian landscape.

The artworks poignantly visualize Azuma’s intimate experiences with the places he travelled to in Canada, the United States and Japan, from the late 1960s until he stopped making photographs in the early 2000s. With a thematic emphasis on the artist’s internalized gaze, the show offers a welcoming space for visitors to reflect on their own encounters with their surroundings, in particular those related to migration and the diaspora (the dispersion of people away from their ancestral homeland).



Until June 24th, 2024


National Gallery of Canada Gallery C218
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4
Kan Azuma, Untitled, c. 1973, from the series Erosion. Gelatin silver print.

Kan Azuma, Untitled, c. 1973, from the series Erosion. Gelatin silver print, 25.3 × 25.2 cm. CMCP Collection. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © Kan Azuma

The ambience captured in the photographs of the tranquil landscape of Canada was the result of the dialogue I had with the scenery.

—Kan Azuma, interview with Euijung McGillis, June 2022

Kan Azuma

Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

the Artist


Born in Japan in 1946, Kan Azuma studied photography in Tokyo in the mid-1960s before moving to Canada in 1970. Most of his work was produced while he was based in Ontario, but he also travelled to Nova Scotia, British Columbia and the United States, capturing natural landscapes and cityscapes of North America.

Azuma’s most significant body of work, Erosion (1973), features Point Pelee National Park in southwestern Ontario. Many of the artist’s photographs focus on the temporality of space, reflecting his personal experiences.


Supported by

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