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Toshihiro Yashiro


Toshihiro Yashiro (Japan) 69

Born in 1970 in Saitama, Japan. Lives and works in Saitama. URL

Yashiro studied film and theater at Tama Art University. He embarked on the “Space Series Sento [bath house]” series in 1996 and has since continued to pursue experimental art that explores the possibilities of photographic expression.
Yashiro has, in recent years, become known for his Kaitenkai series of work in which his own physical movements are incorporated into his images. Yashiro’s work has been selected for many international exhibitions including “Lust and Leer: Contemporary Japanese Photography” (Kunsthalle Wien, 1997) and Arles Festival 2000 (France, 2000). In Yokohama 2005, Yashiro will be exhibiting the Kaitenkai series which he first began in 2000. The catalyst for the appearance of Yashiro within specific scenes or landscapes in his own photographs was his participation in the “IMAGES AU CENTRE 01, Photographie Contemporaine, Architecture et Paysage” (architecture and landscape) exhibition, a joint project between the French Government and the Pompidou Center, held in September 2001.

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Yao Jui-Chung


Yao Jui-Chung (Taiwan) 70

Born in 1969 in Taipei, Taiwan. Lives and works in Taipei.

Yao, who graduated from National Institute of Arts with a degree in Art Theory in 1994 and is currently Associate Professor of Shih Chen University, primarily creates installations featuring photographs. The World is for All, which Yao will be showing at Yokohama 2005 is one of a series of video installations that he has been developing since 1997 that feature Chinatowns throughout the world as the principle motif. Yao revisits issues such as identity, globalization and localization in a complex society. He continues to participate in major international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (the Taiwan Pavilion) in 1997, “Libido of Death” (Lee Ka-Sing Photo Gallery, Toronto, 2002) and the “Promenade in Asia - Cute” (Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Japan, 2001).

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Tomoko Yoneda + Ashiya City Museum of Art & History + Volunteer group Tomato (Japan) 71

Tomoko Yoneda, born in 1965 in Hyogo, Japan. Lives and works in London.

The volunteer group Tomato was formed by ten members of the Ashiya City Volunteer Committee – originally formed when the earthquake struck the Kansai area – after the disbandment of the committee. Tomato’s focus is on providing ongoing emotional support to residents after the earthquake, while particular mention should be made of the group’s preservation and utilization of photographic documentation of the earthquake through in exhibitions and photographic collections. Public recognition of Tomato’s low-profile activities resulted in the group receiving the Hyogo Prefecture Kusunoki Prize in 2003.
Tomoko Yoneda is a photographer who has continued to photograph images based on the theme of historical memories. This work represents photographs taken by Yoneda of the disaster area as it appears today, a project undertaken at the request of the Ashiya City Museum of Art and History to mark the 10th anniversary of the unparalleled Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake that also affected Akashi, Yoneda’s birthplace. These are not photographs that demonstrate the extent of the reconstruction that took place after the earthquake, nor are they a record of the results of that reconstruction. The main aim behind these photographs is the visualization of a history – the passing of ten years – that cannot otherwise be seen. From between the black and white photographs taken by Yoneda immediately after the Earthquake in 1995 and the scenes of the disaster area that the volunteer group Tomato led Yoneda to in 2004 emerges the passing of time.

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