Miyako Ishiuchi “Frida is”

Shiseido Gallery

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The Shiseido Gallery is pleased to announce that it will host a solo exhibition, titled Frida is, by Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako. This exhibition will feature thirty-one works selected from Ishiuchi’s “Frida by Ishiuchi” and “Frida: Love and Pain” series.
In 2012, Ishiuchi was invited by the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City to spend three weeks photographing artifacts from the life of the renowned Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
The Frida Kahlo Museum (often referred to as “the Blue House” for its cobalt-blue exterior walls) is housed in the Kahlo family home where Frida was born. The displays nowadays include numerous personal artifacts once owned by Frida Kahlo—corsets, clothing, shoes, rings, combs and other accessories, makeup, and medicines—many of which were unsealed only in 2004, on the fiftieth anniversary of her death. Ishiuchi has carefully arranged these personal belongings and photographed them using 35mm film in natural lighting. The resulting photographs create a kind of dialogue with Frida Kahlo, capturing her not as the “troubled heroine” with a fraught and difficult life as she is widely known, but in a simpler light of a woman attempting to live with a sense of hopefulness amidst so much pain and strife. Ishiuchi says of the experience, “The biggest thing for me, as a woman and expressive person myself, was that I had encountered this woman who had really, truly lived her life to the fullest.”
Ishiuchi’s Frida series were first exhibited to the public in November 2013 as part of Paris Photo 2013, and a photo collection book was released by the Mexican publishing house RM. The first major exhibition of these was held in 2015 at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, and in Japan Ishiuchi’s photographic process shooting Kahlo’s personal belongings in Mexico was presented in a documentary titled “The Legacy of Frida Kahlo” (directed by Tadasuke Kotani).
This exhibition marks the first full showing of these works in Japan, and all are invited to experience the unique perspective and appreciation that Ishiuchi brings to Frida Kahlo through this contemporary photographic exploration of her intimate personal belongings.
Simultaneously with this exhibition, other works by Ishiuchi Miyako will also be on display at the Shiseido Ginza Building and Shiseido The Ginza. Also, the photo collection Frida: Love and Pain (Iwanami Shoten), which contains mainly previously unreleased photos, and Ishiuchi’s photo and essay collection Shashin Kankei (About Photography)(Chikuma Shobo) are also being published along with the exhibition, and the film The Legacy of Frida Kahlo will also be shown in Tokyo and Osaka.



from June 28, 2016 to August 21, 2016


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