Miwa Yanagi "My Grandmothers"

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

poster for Miwa Yanagi "My Grandmothers"

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After receiving the MFA from Kyoto City University of Arts, photographer Miwa Yanagi held her first solo exhibition in Kyoto 1993. After 1996, she began participating in exhibitions internationally. Her solo exhibition was held at the Guggenheim Museum in Germany in 2004, and later at Marugome Genichiro Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art and Hara Museum in 2005. Yanagi has continuously examined female stereotypes and issues surrounding individual identity throughout her career.

Showcased in this exhibition are around 30 photographs from the "My Grandmothers" series which Yanagi started in 2000 and received high acclaim internationally. The series portrays what young women imagine themselves to be in 50 years later. Text accompanies each photograph, revealing details of their dreams that Yanagi picked up from conversations she had with her sitters.

In 2009, Yanagi will represent Japan at the Venice Biennale.



From 2009-03-07 To 2009-05-10


Miwa Yanagi



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jinno: (2009-03-14)

abzo: (2009-04-21)




yourboringandpatheticart: (2009-05-08)

As a general Rule Miwa tends to be a very strong photographer with sound Ideas and technique. In this rendition of the My Grandmothers' concept started quite well, but when it gets carried away starts to already look out-dated and often ridiculous. Her core idea is absolutely amazing, but trying to boost and juice up her ideas, she starts to disrespect the Audience by not trusting our reception and comprehension. SOme of the works verge towards Illustration of other famous texts- great resources, but the obvious linking detracts from HER artwork and ideas. I am not advocating a strict adherence to her core idea, but I sincerely think Yanagi needs to look more at her works and review her direction before releasing each new image as she is at an important juncture in her works. Of the images the most successful stand WITHOUT the text (an irritating detraction that pushes her work more toward Cliche than profundity). Fake eyes, overly obvious makeup, etc. What is the point? These props work in Film because the picture is in motion and we cant see the seams of stagecraft- here it is mostly distracting. Successful works in my vision are: the first one— Golden Gate Bridge, I like the nursing picture with the Manga library, The women on the rocks- but compositionally the focus is much too central- One of the forest picts is enough, The woman in the room with the letters is touching, the post party one, The amusement park- this text is a serious detractor, the woman on building with the city in "ruins" below sans the predictable text, Eriko is ok but loses my interest, The sex props pict is good and then the show peters out. (sorry i dont have her books handy so I am not getting the titles correct)

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