Exhibition in Arles - Voies-Off during Les Rencontres d'Arles 2017
All the stag photos from MAKIKO's recent exhibition titled "Trails to Prayer" along with some unpublished forest photos taken in Yakushima, Japan will be showcased at Maison Rucher as part of Voies-Off event during Les Rencontres d'Arles (Arles Photography Festival) from 3rd July to 3rd September. All her works will be on sale!
Maison Rucher 16, place de la République 13200 Arles France
⇐ This stag photo prints are available on Saatchi Art. The original will be available for sale after 5th May, 2017.
MAKIKO made a pilgrimage to the uninhabited Japanese island of Nozaki, which has been gradually deserted since mid 60’s. She was intrigued with a saga of ‘Hidden’ Christians who settled on the island in early 19th century, practicing Christianity in secret for decades (while the country was closed for any foreign trade and cultural exchanges) and a century later they had their own churches for worship but then left.
This stunning b/w exhibition follows her spiritual journey through the mountain trail where Christians walked regularly between late 19th and mid-20th century to attend Mass. Whilst trekking, she captures wild Kyushu deer and trees in the wild forest as well as the unusual landscape, influenced by the volcanic activities and the harsh climate.
This is MAKIKO’S 2nd solo exhibition and is produced in collaboration with Ojika town, Nagasaki Japan and is sponsored by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation in association with LSE Arts.
Dates: 24th April to 5th May 2017 Time: 10.00am - 8.00pm, M-F Venue: The Atrium Gallery, London School of Economics Admission Cost: FREE ***On 5th May, the exhibition closes at 4.00pm.***
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2016 EXHIBITION - Paradise Revisited
⇐ Gunkanjima photo (left) prints are available on Saatchi Art.
Gunkanjima is an approx. 3 hour-trip from the town MAKIKO was originally from. Since she had a glimpse of it many years ago, the island image has been haunting her.
As her project was self-motivated, not part of well-known media or film agencies, getting permission to land and shoot in the restricted zone on Gunkanjima was not easy. Above more, when she was trying to get it last early summer, Nagasaki City was waiting for UNESCO’s final decision for World Heritage site and this slowed the application process. However, luckily enough, she was granted two days after it became one of the World Heritage sites.
Two days after Typhoon #12 passed the area, MAKIKO managed to land and shoot on the restricted zone. She made a photo essay from children's eye-level.
Her first solo exhibition was produced in collaboration with Nagasaki City and Nagasaki University, was sponsored by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and in association of LSE Arts. It has been showcased from May 3rd to June 10th for 6 weeks at the Atrium Gallery, London School of Economics.
As a continuation of the project, in October 2017, this exhibition will travel to Tokyo (Bunkamura Box Gallery) and Fukuoka (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum), Japan.
3 of her works from the exhibition are being permanently exhibited at the Gunkanjima Museum, Nagasaki, Japan.
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exclusive online sales: Beautifully Different
Since 2008, MAKIKO had been working on the book project titled "Beautifully Different". This is a collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Landa, the founder and director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at the renowned Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) in Maryland, U.S.A. All proceeds go to her research on autism and related disorders. It was published in U.K. on 28th August 2014.
In addition to that, Nihon Bungeisha, a Tokyo publisher, re-published the Japanese version in March 2016.
"This is a wonderful book that is both extremely personal and very informative; it touches the heart but also expands ones awareness of the great intellectual and emotional breadth and capacity of children with autism spectrum disorders. The format of pictures and biographical narrative conveys in a very strong and emotional way the wonder and the beauty of living and working with children on the spectrum. Bravo!!" John T Walkup, MD Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital
"I think this story is an important one, and your images and words convey it beautifully." Andrew Solomon, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, author of Far From the Tree and finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize
Packing lunchboxes for a child with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) was a challenge. A collective image of the lunch boxes MAKIKO prepared from January to December 2011. This experimental project was given by Alex Majoli of Magnum Photos.
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This image has been chosen to exhibit in the Head Quarter of La Biennale di Venezia - "The most significant photograph of a contemporary work of art", Venice, Italy (2009-2010)