Chinbin Western

Chikako Yamashiro


About the publication

Chinbin Western is a new chapbook published as part of Japanese artist Chikako Yamashiro’s solo exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts in autumn 2021. The title of the chapbook is also that of both the exhibition and the film at the centre of it, Chinbin Western: Representation of the Family from 2019. This project marks Yamashiro’s first exhibition in Scotland and is guest-curated by Kirsteen Macdonald.

The chapbook contains two newly commissioned essays thinking through Yamashiro’s practice, which spans performance, filmmaking and photography, by Macdonald and by Japanese curator Keiko Okamura.

Date August 2021
Edition of 400
Design Valerie Norris
ISBN 978-1-8382711-0-7
Dimensions 19 x 14cm (portrait)
Pages 28

About Chikako Yamashiro

Chikako Yamashiro (b. Okinawa, 1976) graduated with an MA in Environmental Design, Graduate School of Formative Arts from Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts in 2002.

Her recent exhibitions include the group exhibitions Image Narratives: Literature in Japanese Contemporary Art at the National Art Centre, Tokyo, in 2019; a new performance And I Go through You and exhibition of Mud Man for Kyoto Experiment 2018: International Performing Arts Festival, Kyoto Art Centre; Post Trauma at Jeju Museum of Art, Korea and From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, USA, 2017.

She exhibited in the 2016 Aichi Triennale and the 8th Asian Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia in 2015. Her solo exhibition, Reframing the land/mind/body-scape, opened at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in August 2021.

Yamashiro was awarded the Tokyo Contemporary Art Award 2020-2022; the Zonta Prize for female filmmakers at the 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany in 2018 and the Asian Art Award supported by Warehouse TERRADA in 2017.

About the Writers

Dr. Kirsteen Macdonald is guest-curator of Yamashiro’s exhibition at DCA. She is an independent curator and researcher based in Glasgow and a founding member of the curatorial co-operative Chapter Thirteen.

Keiko Okamura is Curator at the Tokyo Museum of Photographic Art and Artistic Director of the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2021.

Okamura’s essay was translated by Sonia Freil, an art historian currently based in Miyako Island, Okinawa, Japan.