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.