The HIRAKU Project is a series of exhibitions focusing on artists who have received a grant from the Pola Art Foundation in the past. In this exhibition, the 16th installment of the series, we present the work of Nozomi Suzuki, an artist who creates installations, made up of objects and images, in which she uses photographic principles to visualize traces of light and memories concealed in familiar everyday items and old houses.


After majoring in painting in university, Suzuki taught herself photographic techniques, and in 2012, she began making works that employ wood-framed windows from the 90-year-old house that serves as her studio. Shooting landscapes that might have been visible through the windows, Suzuki applied photosensitive emulsion to the glass and printed the picture directly onto the window. This imbued the well-used window with a vague image of a scene that a former resident of the house or the window itself might have seen. Suzuki sets out to bring out the memories of things that dwell within these ordinary items and affix them directly to the object.


During a stay in England in 2019, Suzuki obtained a variety of relics and visual devices, such as portholes, telescopes, and magnifying glasses, and investigated their history. These images reflect scientific and technological developments that opened the way for new types of visual experience and modernization, and sensations and preferences that were common to the age and society, elevating the pieces into works that connote public memory.


Mirrors and windows, both contained in the exhibition title, were indispensable elements in the development of painting and photography, and telescopes, also used in the title, are visual devices that fulfilled the human desire to “see.” Suzuki’s works, which deal earnestly and directly with memories and traces inherent in these items, provide us with an opportunity to consider the primordial form of photographic expression, and the passage of time and disappearance of scenery that lies within our personal stories as well as the larger flow of history.

Nozomi Suzuki


Born in 1983 in Saitama Prefecture, where she currently lives. In 2007, she graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at Tokyo Zokei University with a major in painting. In 2015, she completed a master’s degree at the Graduate School of Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts before completing a doctoral degree at the same institution in 2022. Suzuki received an Encouragement Award in the Vision of Contemporary Art (VOCA) 2022 exhibition (Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo). In 2018, she was awarded a Pola Art Foundation grant to study in England.


In recent years, her major solo exhibitions include Words of Light (Dai-ichi Life Gallery, Tokyo, 2024) and The Rings of Saturn / Mirror with a Memory (rin art association, Gunma, 2021).


Suzuki’s major group exhibitions include Serendipity: Wondrous Discoveries in Daily Life (Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, 2023), Latent Scenery (Arts Maebashi, Gunma, 2022), Photographs of Innocence and Experience: Contemporary Japanese Photography Vol. 14 (Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, 2017), and New Vision Saitama 5: The Emerging Body (Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, 2016).


Her works have been collected by the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Arts Maebashi, and GATEAU FESTA HARADA, among others.

Photo: Takeshi Hirabayashi (grasshopper)

The Rings of Saturn:Mirror with Candleholder-Candle, 2021

Collection of Kazunari Oki

Photo: Shinya Kigure

The Rings of Saturn:Spectacles-The Crystal Palace, 2020

Collection of Makoto Murata

Photo: Masatoshi Mori

Other Days, Other Eyes: Windows from the Bedroom of the Second Floor of the Tanaka Residence, 2021

Collection of the Artist

Photo: Shinya Kigure

Installation View: Photographs of Innocence and of Experience: Contemporary Japanese Photography Vol. 14, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, 2017-2018

Photo: Takuya Fujisawa

Courtesy: Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

HIRAKU Project Vol. 16

Nozomi Suzuki

The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope


Sat., June 8 – Sun., December 1, 2024 Open Daily


Atrium Gallery, Pola Museum of Art




Pola Museum of Art, Pola Art Foundation


rin art association, riverside farm., Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino