“Within the series of Rie, I wanted to embark on an inherently female dialogue on the subject of revealing. Japan is uniquely ambigious in this respect which encouraged me to explore these thoughts through the communication with and portrayal of Japanese women. As the subjects in the images repeatedly pose, rest and move – at times playfully – while being in different states of undress, we become witness to a delicately complex elaboration in character. While some moments give way to a sense of vulnerability with the subject absorbed in her own intent, not consciously regarding the viewer, others show her clearly aware of the onlooker’s gaze. I was interested in understanding, at what point, when we reveal our bodies, as women to a potential other, does the apparent vulnerability cross over into the understanding and appreciation of the powerful notion of being naked and being oneself without an inner or outer surveyor present,without being on display." — Lena Emery
German born photographer Lena Emery grew up in Singapore and studied Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design in Paris. Before relocating to London, she worked as independent Art Director in Berlin until 2011. Her itinerant background is strongly reflected in her work, while her unique rendering of color and sensitivity to themes ranging from modernist architecture to the way we see and observe the female, have earned her early recognition. Emery was nominated for a number of awards in 2015, including the FOAM Paul Huf award and was selected UK Winner by the Magenta Foundation within the Flash Forward Emerging Photographers 2016 Award.