Past Exhibition

Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi, Tokuko Ushioda, Mari Katayama, Maiko Haruki, Mayumi Hosokura, and Your Perspectives

Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi, Tokuko Ushioda, Mari Katayama, Maiko Haruki, Mayumi Hosokura, and Your Perspectives

Duration: January 16 (Sat) –April 18 (Sun), 2021

Last year, the world was transformed by an invisible threat. A veil of uncertainty about the future descended upon us all, and we are striving to overcome this uncertainty with wisdom, solidarity, and imagination.
At Shiseido Gallery we believe the meaning of beauty can be found in perspective to questions with no right answers, and to that end we showcase contemporary artists as the lifeblood of each era. By presenting diverse ways of seeing the world, we continue to ask society what a better future will be.

The Shiseido Gallery is delighted to present “Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi, Tokuko Ushioda, Mari Katayama, Maiko Haruki, Mayumi Hosokura, and Your Perspectives,” an exhibition of photographic work by four female artists and one female artist unit as our first exhibition in 2021.

The exhibition will feature four female artists and one female artist unit whose respective work revolves around photographic expression: Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi, who take advertising motifs and reconstruct them from different perspectives; Tokuko Ushioda, who takes photograph of books and tries to present their backgrounds, relationships and more from their atmosphere; Mari Katayama, who develops a diverse practice starting from her self-portraits with her hand-sewn objects; Maiko Haruki, who asks questions about act of “seeing” through her installation; and Mayumi Hosokura, who re-presents boundaries “once likely taken for granted” . The common theme for this exhibition is “boundaries”.
However, what do you think are the “boundaries” perceived by these artists? The world seen by artists with different work-style, career, and life stage, may be different to the world we see, or conversely, quite similar.

The key phrase “and your perspectives” in the title includes the hope that this exhibition will be an opportunity to ask audience questions so that they will explore their awareness and thoughts to a deeper level.

Since its founding in 1919, the Shiseido Gallery has aspired to offer artistic expression that opens up each era. The Gallery has also been distinguished down the decades by its ongoing support for female artists. Shiseido sees art as a major point of contact with the world in order to make a better world. Shiseido Gallery continues to be a vital part of Shiseido’ s corporate activities, alongside with Diversity & Inclusion, and Sustainability. During this exhibition, International Women’ s Day will be held on March 8, and we provide opportunities to think about the issue of diversity from multiple angles.

Artist profiles

Anneke HYMMEN & Kumi HIROI Anneke Hymmen
Born 1977 in Lüdenscheid, Germany; based in the Netherlands
2005, graduated in Monumental Art and Photography from AKI Academy of Art and Design, the Netherlands

Kumi Hiroi
Born 1979 in Gifu Prefectures; based in the Netherlands
2002, graduated in Economics from Saitama University, Japan
2008, BA in Graphic Design from Gerrit Rietveld Academy, the Netherlands

A collaborative duo consisting of Hymmen, portrait photographer with over twenty years’ experience, and graphic designer and artist Hiroi. Since 2014 the pair have been engaged in the “Remodeling Project,” which takes existing advertisements and transforms them using photographs and text to offer various perspectives on the fixed ideas around women, consumption, and fashion that people perceive from advertising. Recent exhibitions include ”Remodeling” (2017–18) at Melkweg Expo (Amsterdam), Maison/ by Teruhiro Yanagihara (Osaka), and State of Fashion (Arnhem and Berlin); and ”Parel Silhouet” (2019) at Nagasaki Holland Village, Nagasaki Prefectural Museum, and IMA Gallery (Tokyo).
Tokuko USHIODA Born 1940 in Tokyo; based in Tokyo
1963, graduated in Photography from Kuwasawa Design School, Japan

Ushioda launched her a career in photography while under the tutelage of legendary photographer Kiyoji Otsuji. Prominent works include ICE BOX, which documents refrigerators actually used in several households; and BIBLIOTHECA, for which she has spent over twenty years photographing books as objects in settings such as libraries, private collections, and the editorial offices of publishers. The ambience of the fridges and books in her photographs raise questions about the backgrounds of the objects, and their relationship to the artist. Major exhibitions include “TOKYO / CITY OF PHOTOS” (1995, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography), “Maho-chan-chi” (2004, Contemporary Art Museum, Art Tower Mito), “Domon Ken Award Winner’s exhibition ‘BIBLIOTHECA’” (2018, Domon Ken Museum of Photography, Yamagata, and Nikon Plaza The Gallery, Tokyo/Osaka), and “A Bright Home” (2019, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art). She was recipient of the 37th Domon Ken Award; the Photographic Society of Japan’s Photographer Award; and the 34th Higashikawa Award’s Domestic Photographer Award, all in 2018.
Mari KATAYAMA Born 1987 in Saitama Prefecture; based in Gunma Prefecture
2010, graduated in Art History from Gunma Prefectural Women’s University
2012, MFA, Department of Intermedia Art, Tokyo University of the Arts

Born with a congenital tibial hemimelia, at the age of nine Mari Katayama chose to have both legs amputated, and now produces self-portraits using hand-sewn objects and pieces of sculpture modeled on body parts, and decorated prosthetic legs. From her own body as a departure point, she employs needle and thread to sew together the different boundaries joining her to other people, society, and the wider world. Major exhibitions include Aichi Triennale 2013 (Nagoya), “Roppongi Crossing 2016: My Body, Your Voice” (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo), “Photographs of Innocence and of Experience—Contemporary Japanese Photography vol. 14” (2017, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum), and the 58th Venice Biennale (2019). She was awarded honorable mention at the Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2005 and the 45th Kimura Ihei Photography Award in 2020.
Maiko HARUKI Born 1974 in Ibaraki Prefecture; based in France
1997, BA in Art from Tamagawa University, Japan

Haruki massively under- or over-exposes her shots to produce frames composed of bold contrasts in black or white. In recent years she has unveiled a series in which different landscapes are layered on photographic paper to create spaces that do not exist in reality, the latest development in a practice that has consistently been concerned with the act of “seeing.” Major exhibitions include “Contemporary Japanese Photography vol. 10” (2011, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, 2011), Azamino Photo Annual “Boundaries of Photograph” (2014, Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino), ”vision|noisiv” (2017, Taro Nasu, Tokyo), and “Moment” (2018, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma). She was awarded the 2008 Jury Prize (Juror: Toyo Ito) at “Roppongi Crossing 2007: Future Beats in Japanese Contemporary Art” (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo), and the New Photographer Award at the 31st Higashikawa Awards in 2015.
Mayumi HOSOKURA Born 1979 in Kyoto; based in Tokyo
2002, graduated in Literature from Ritsumeikan University
2005, graduated in Photography from Nihon University College of Art

Hosokura produces representations of the body which reconfigure boundaries “once likely taken for granted” such as those between races and nationalities; people, plants and machines; the organic and inorganic. In NEW SKIN unveiled in 2019, she made a collage of cuttings from gay magazines, sculptures of men displayed in museums, selfies from the internet and so on, then split this again and reconstructed it, in an interrogation of the idea of boundaries. Major exhibitions include “Transparency is the new mystery” (2012, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei), “Cyalium” (2016, G/P gallery, Tokyo), “Close to the Edge: New Photography from Japan” (2016, Miyako Yoshinage, New York), “Jubilee” (2017, nomad nomad, Hong Kong), “Things so faint but real” (2018, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum), and “NEW SKIN” (2019, mumei (Tokyo).

Related Documents

Exhibition Map

Anneke HYMMEN & Kumi HIROI

A:1~4 "Remodeling Shiseido Gallery edition"

A:5~8 "Remodeling Shiseido Gallery edition"

Tokuko USHIODA

 E:1~20 "BIBLIOTHECA"

Exhibition data

Title : Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi, Tokuko Ushioda, Mari Katayama, Maiko Haruki, Mayumi Hosokura, and Your Perspectives
Dates : January 16 (Sat) –April 18 (Sun), 2021
Hours : Weekdays 11:00–19:00, Sundays & holidays 11:00–18:00
Closed : Mondays
Admission : Free
Venue : Shiseido Gallery
Organized by : Shiseido Co., Ltd.
Supported by : Creative Industries Fund NL
Production support : Tokyo Art Acceleration, PGI, TARO NASU、TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHIC RESEARCH PROJECT
Related event : Opening talk to be streamed on the Shiseido Gallery website;
details updated as they become available

* Please note that admission may be restricted to prevent the spread of Covid 19. For details, see the Shiseido Gallery website.

■ Reference images

Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi, Remodeling: Shiseido Gallery edition (2020) ©Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi

Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi, Remodeling: Shiseido Gallery edition (2020) ©Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi

Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi, Remodeling: Shiseido Gallery edition (2020) ©Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi

Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi, Remodeling: Shiseido Gallery edition (2020) ©Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi

Tokuko Ushioda, BIBLIOTHECA (2008)©︎Tokuko Ushioda, courtesy of PGI

Tokuko Ushioda, BIBLIOTHECA (2008)©︎Tokuko Ushioda, courtesy of PGI

Tokuko Ushioda, BIBLIOTHECA  (2020) ©︎Tokuko Ushioda, courtesy of PGI

Tokuko Ushioda, BIBLIOTHECA (2020) ©︎Tokuko Ushioda, courtesy of PGI

Mari Katayama, shadow puppet #014 (2016) ©Mari Katayama.

Mari Katayama, shadow puppet #014 (2016) ©Mari Katayama.

Mari Katayama, Renaiss Hall #003 (2016) ©Mari Katayama.

Mari Katayama, Renaiss Hall #003 (2016) ©Mari Katayama.

Maiko Haruki, A certain composition of eyes 04 (2014) ©Maiko Haruki, courtesy of TARO NASU

Maiko Haruki, A certain composition of eyes 04 (2014) ©Maiko Haruki, courtesy of TARO NASU

Maiko Haruki, I never know that I know 03, (2020) ©Maiko Haruki, courtesy of TARO NASU

Maiko Haruki, I never know that I know 03, (2020) ©Maiko Haruki, courtesy of TARO NASU

Mayumi Hosokura, NEW SKIN #65, (2019) ©Mayumi Hosokura

Mayumi Hosokura, NEW SKIN #65, (2019) ©Mayumi Hosokura

Mayumi Hosokura, NEW SKIN #37-1 (2019) ©Mayumi Hosokura

Mayumi Hosokura, NEW SKIN #37-1 (2019) ©Mayumi Hosokura