Mud Man (Exhibition)
And I Go through You (Performance)
Triggered by the vibrations of a human beatbox, dense imagery comes and goes, fact and fiction intermix
Chikako Yamashiro’s work explores her home prefecture of Okinawa while at times integrating herself into the frame of her photography and video. The body is indispensable for this process. For example, having listened to the harsh testimony of the survivors of war and confronted what is impossible to understand, Yamashiro then repeats and imitates the voice of the witness. And all while resigned to a peril that transfixes. It is a process of drawing closer to others through the body, accommodating the voice of the other into the body.
Seeds in the dung dropped by birds awaken the people lying all over the ground. The three-screen installation Mud Man that starts with this scene full of mythic power was shot in Okinawa and Jeju, an island in South Korea with a similar history. On the screens, a momentous reality intersects with a poetic fiction. The sound of human beatboxing is reinterpreted as the sounds of gunshots, pulling the vision of war toward the body and triggering the viewer to imagine past and future wars.
During the exhibition, there will also be a live performance developed out of the Mud Man installation. Featuring sound, voice, and footage that perturbs and disquiets, these various elements intermix without separating, opening up the body to experience a new imaginative journey.
- [Exhibition] 10.6(Sat)-11.18(Sun)
North and South Gallery,
Kyoto Art Center
- Okinawa, Japan
Born in Okinawa in 1976, Chikako Yamashiro completed postgraduate studies in environmental design at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts in 2002. Her practice employs photography and video that explores both herself as well as her home prefecture of Okinawa. Since Your voice came out through my throat (2009), which comprised a film of a performance tracing the words of people who experienced the Battle of Okinawa, she has shifted toward highly fictional approaches using video. She has also recently engaged in collaborative practices in pursuit of encounters that transcend media or category, including theater and film with dance performers. Her solo exhibitions include A Woman of the Butcher Shop at “MAM Project 018: Yamashiro Chikako” (Mori Art Museum, 2012–13), while her recent major exhibitions include “Asian Women Artists”, the Aichi Triennale 2016, “From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art” (Contemporary Jewish Museum, USA, 2016–17) and “Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018” (Nominated for the Singapore Art Museum 2018 Art prize). She won the Grand Prize at the Asian Art Award in 2017 and The Zonta Prize, given to a female filmmaker, at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2018.
|Video shooting, editing||Chikako Yamashiro|
|Video setup||Shinji Tanaka|
|Composition, direction, video||Chikako Yamashiro|
|Performer||Sh0h (HUMAN BEATBOX ARTIST), DJ SHOTA (DJ), Tokiii (RAPPER), and others|
|Live camera||SongGi Kim|
|Video setup, operation||Kotaro Konishi|
|Lighting||Rie Uomori (kehaiworks), Hitomi Kiuchi|
|Music composition||Yabiku Rika (Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts)|
|Body movement direction and design||QUICK (MuDA)|
|Research cooperation||Sachiyo Tsurumi, Hiroko Arakaki, Reona Nishinaga, Atsushi Izena, Hiroshi Tanaka|
|Casting cooperation||Kousuke Hashizume, Emiko Nishioka|
|Assistant director||Ryuichi Tani (Kyoto Art Center)|
|Co-curator||Mayumi Yamamoto (Kyoto Art Center)|
|Support for research||TERUMO FOUNDATION for LIFE SCIENCES and ARTS|
|Supported by||the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018|
|Presented by||KYOTO EXPERIMENT, Kyoto Art Center, KYOTO STEAM—World cultural exchange festival—Executive Committee|