The Michael Hoppen Gallery is honoured to host its second major exhibition of work by the highly esteemed Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi.
Displayed across all three floors of the gallery. the show will include photographs from her early trilogy Yokosuka Story‘(l976-I977). ‘Apartment’( l 9774978). and ‘Endless Night'(l98l); then prints from Hiroshima‘: and works from her most recent series ‘Silken Dreams’. exhibited now for the very first time outside Japan.
Miyako Ishiuchi was born in I947 in Japan. a country whose culture had been marked by the influence of the US servicemen living on the naval bases in major ports and cities during the military occupation post-World War Il. The presence of the western soldiers had a profound effect on ishiuchi's early childhood. and inspired her to produce her first body of work 'Yokosuka Story'.Aiongside Shomel Tomatsu. who taught her to print. and Daldo Moriyama. Miyako lshiuchi is one of a renowned group of japanese photographers who confronted the trauma present in post-war Japan and the dawning of a new era. by using their cameras as eloquent tools to express. record and explore what it meant to be Japanese at this pivotal moment in history. Her work is mud1 admired by both her mentors.
Most of her pictures in Yokosuka Story. Apartment and Endless Night are unpopulated. Ishiudmi traces the absent presences. the fleeting moments. and looks for what was and what remains. This palpable sense of time past and time present pervades much of her work. bringing with it a surprising tenderness and compassion.
It is the driving force behind her series Mothers (with which she represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 2005) and also of her ongoing interest in scars.