【KYOTO EXPERIMENT】Chikako Yamashiro “Mud Man”

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【KYOTO EXPERIMENT】Chikako Yamashiro “Mud Man”
October 6 (Sat) – November 18 (Sun) 10:00-20:00
*October 5 (Fri) Pre-Opening

October 12 (Fri) 16:00- / 18:00-*
October 13 (Sat) 11:00-◎ / 14:00- / 17:00-
◎Childcare service available.
*Post-performance Talk


Adult: Advance ¥2,000 / Day ¥2,500
Youth(aged 25 and under), Students: Advance ¥1,500 / Day ¥2,000
High School Students & Younger: Advance and Day both ¥1,000
Pair: ¥3,500 (Advance Only)

Chikako Yamashiro


[Exhibition]KYOTO ART CENTER North Gallery, South Gallery
[Performance]Kyoto Art Center Multi-purpose Hall
Access:Yamabushiyama-cho 546-2, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8156, Japan
Tel: 075-213-1000
Hours: 10:00 ~ 20:00


Dense imagery comes and goes, intermixing fact and fiction, triggered by the vibrations of a human beatbox

Chikako Yamashiro’s work explores her home prefecture of Okinawa while at times integrating herself into the frame of her photography and video. The body is indispensable for this process. For example, having listened to the harsh testimony of the survivors of war and confronted what is impossible to understand, Yamashiro then repeats and imitates the voice of the witness. And all while resigned to a peril that transfixes. It is a process of drawing closer to others through the body, accommodating the voice of the other into the body. Seeds in the dung dropped by birds awaken the people lying all over the ground. The three-screen installation Mud Man that starts with this scene full of mythic power was shot in Okinawa and Jeju, an island in South Korea with a similar history. On the screens, a momentous reality intersects with a poetic fiction. The sound of human beatboxing is reinterpreted as the sounds of gunshots, pulling the vision of war toward the body and triggering the viewer to imagine past and future wars. During the exhibition, there will also be a live performance developed out of the Mud Man installation. Featuring sound, voice, and footage that perturbs and disquiets, these various elements intermix without separating, opening up the body to experience a new imaginative journey.

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