Yamashiro Chikako: Reframing the Land / Mind / Body-scape

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

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Yamashiro Chikako (1976-, born and based in Okinawa) is an artist who has been active since the 2000s using moving images and photography as her primary media. She has created highly acclaimed works that confront the history and geopolitical situation of Okinawa (where she was born and raised) and her own relationship to these issues, conveying the voices, bodies, and souls that have been overlooked and overheard.

The moving images that Yamashiro creates delicately balance the fertility and poetry of images that appeal to the viewer’s physical senses with a critical gaze on the current times. For this reason, they are open to interpretation and can be read in a broader context than the issues in the specific region of Okinawa. This Yamashiro’s first solo exhibition to be held in a public museum will feature her premiere work and combine it with her past representative works, mainly from the museum’s collection. Rather than simply tracing the evolution of her works in chronological order, the exhibition will organically reposition her older works around her latest works—her current position as an artist—to introduce a series of inter-resonating themes and motifs as visitors move around the exhibition space.

The exhibition title, Reframing, which is also the title of her latest work, refers to the method of changing the framework and looking at things in an alternative way and also symbolizes the attitude that runs through all of Yamashiro’s works, in which she uses photography and video to look at the landscape of her hometown Okinawa from a new perspective. This exhibition to survey Yamashiro’s full-blown mid-career will be the first attempt to present a comprehensive overview of the world of the artist who is expected to make further strides internationally.



from August 17, 2021 to October 10, 2021
Open on August 30 and September 20. Closed on September 21.


Adults ¥700; University Students ¥500; High School and Junior High School Students, Seniors 65 & Over ¥350

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on a public holiday Monday but closed the following day. Closed during the New Years holidays.


Address: Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku, 153-0062 Tokyo
Phone: 03-3280-0099 Fax: 03-3280-0033

7 minute walk from the East exit of Ebisu Station on the JR Yamanote and Saikyo lines, 11 minute walk from exit 1 at Ebisu Station on the Hibiya line.

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