嶋田 美子Yoshiko Shimada嶋田美子

Yoshiko Shimada

Yoshiko Shimada

嶋田 美子 焼かれるべき絵 1993年 エッチング 59.7x39.7cmYoshiko Shimada A Picture to be Burnt 1993 etching 59.7x39.7cmYoshiko Shimada A Picture to be Burnt 1993 etching 59.7x39.7cm
嶋田美子は、昭和天皇が崩御した1988年より、女性と戦争をテーマに作品を制作し始めました。男性中心に語られるこの時期における女性の機能と功罪をリサーチすることにより、従来のフェミニズムを批判的に乗り越えようと試みます。権力により組織された大日本婦人会のあり方や表象を作品中に取り込み、また韓国人慰安婦に対する日本人女性が、どのような立場をとることが可能かを検証する作品を発表します。
近年では、戦争期の女性だけではなく家庭やコミュニティ内においての存在の虚実を、フィリピン、韓国、インドネシア、タイといったアジア圏で採取するフィールドワークを行っています。「Family Secrets- bones in a Tansu」(2004年)と題された作品では、オーディエンスは、作品に忍ばせられた他人の家族にまつわる秘密を覗き見ることができます。作家はこの相互の交通に、取捨選択という干渉をすることによって、それぞれの地位にみられる意識下のアイデンティティを視覚化させようと試みています。
また、トランスナショナルならぬ、トランスセクシャルを扱ったパフォーマンス作品は未知の視座を与えてくれるものです。
When Emperor Showa passed away in 1988, Yoshiko Shimada began to create artworks about violence, war, women and Japanese history and nationalism. With her research of the roles of women in a male-centric environment, she attempts to look critically at conventional feminism. Her works address the power structures within organisations such as the Japan Women's Association, the roles and responsibilities of Japanese women, and what sorts of positions they held along with Korean "comfort women" during and after the Second World War. In addition, her performance works deal with alternative perspectives on transsexuals.

In recent years, she has collected fieldwork not only about women during the war period but also women in Asian families and communities, such as the Philippines, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, and so forth. In her work titled, "Family Secrets- Bones in a Tansu" (2004), the audience can discover a family's hidden secrets.

Born in 1959 in Tokyo, where she now still lives and works, Yoshiko Shimada has created a controversial but nonetheless poignant body of work on nationhood and gender. She received a BA in Fine Art from Scripps College in California in 1982, and later studied etching under Katsuro Yoshida at Bigakko, Tokyo. Her sculptures, installations and prints have travelled widely to exhibitions such as "There: Sites of Korean Diaspora" at the Gwangju Biennale (2002); "Felt Experience", Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2007); and most recently "Art, Performance & Activism in Contemporary Japan", Pumphouse Gallery, London (2012).
When Emperor Showa passed away in 1988, Yoshiko Shimada began to create artworks about violence, war, women and Japanese history and nationalism. With her research of the roles of women in a male-centric environment, she attempts to look critically at conventional feminism. Her works address the power structures within organisations such as the Japan Women's Association, the roles and responsibilities of Japanese women, and what sorts of positions they held along with Korean "comfort women" during and after the Second World War. In addition, her performance works deal with alternative perspectives on transsexuals.

In recent years, she has collected fieldwork not only about women during the war period but also women in Asian families and communities, such as the Philippines, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, and so forth. In her work titled, "Family Secrets- Bones in a Tansu" (2004), the audience can discover a family's hidden secrets.

Born in 1959 in Tokyo, where she now still lives and works, Yoshiko Shimada has created a controversial but nonetheless poignant body of work on nationhood and gender. She received a BA in Fine Art from Scripps College in California in 1982, and later studied etching under Katsuro Yoshida at Bigakko, Tokyo. Her sculptures, installations and prints have travelled widely to exhibitions such as "There: Sites of Korean Diaspora" at the Gwangju Biennale (2002); "Felt Experience", Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2007); and most recently "Art, Performance & Activism in Contemporary Japan", Pumphouse Gallery, London (2012).