Represented by Akio Nagasawa Gallery (Tokyo)
Born in France in 1984, Chloé Jafé is an independent, interdisciplinary photographer. In 2006, she worked as a studio assistant at the Pin-Up studio in Paris. In 2009, she continued her interest in photography by graduating from the Central Saint Martins in London.
Her graduation project "Him", a poetic installation based around the search for a friend that she lost contact with, is held in the private collection of the school. From 2010 to 2012 she worked at the Magnum Photos London office.
In 2013, she moved to Japan to carry out her personal work. The reportage "Inochi Azukemasu”, the first chapter of her current Japanese series, won the 2017 Talent Award. It was exhibited at the French National Library in Paris and pub-lished by “6 month magazine”.
命預けます Inochi Azukemasu (I give you my life)
The Japanese mafia, Yakuza are member of the largest criminal syndicates. There are many Yakuza groups which are headed by a boss and they adopt the traditional hierarchical structure. Their women, often invisible, are not considered as members.
Produced over a 4 year period, this series tries to understand the wives, daughters and mistresses of the Yakuza and to clarify their role in the organisation. As part of her research, she embedded herself as a hostess in the Ginza district of Tokyo. After many months of trying to infiltrate the Yakuza, Chloé Jafé had a fortuitous meeting, and was authorised by a boss to photograph the organisations daily life.
Her images reveal the intimacy of the clan governed by a culture of secrecy and codified traditions.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
May 2018 - Festival Images Singulieres, Sete, France “Inochi Azukemasu”
January 2018 - Collaboration with 6 mois magazine, Les Champs libres, Rennes, France“Femmes de Yakuza”
Selected Group Exhibitions
June 2018 - The Talent Award, Maison de la Photographie, Lille, France “Inochi Azukemasu”
December 2017 - The Talent Award, BNF (French National Library), Paris, France “Inochi Azukemasu”
October 2017- Collaboration with Japanese artist Morika Yoshiyama, Gallery Hakusen, Tokyo, Japan
Reporter ohne Grenzen (Germany) (May 2018), Reporters sans frontière (France) (March 2018)
D-La Repubblica (Italy) (February 2018), 6 Mois magasine (France) (August 2017)
Sony World Photography Award 2018, short-listed
The 7th Dali International Photography Exhibition 2017 Prix de la Nouvelle Artiste (Chine)
10th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, People & Daily life category winner (USA)
La Bourse Du Talent 2017 Prix #69 Reportage (France)
Luma Dummy Book Award 2017, Short-listed
University of the Arts London Collection