Shizuka Yokomizo (Artist)

Born in Tokyo in 1966, this artist graduated with a Master’s in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1995. Since then she has made London her base, making use of the distinctive features of photography and videography to create works that draw attention to relationships between self and other. Yokomizo shoots primarily photographs of people, questioning the way of being and construction of others irreducible to herself. While searching for invisible, internalized elements in her subjects, she references universal questions of awareness and existence. Her previous works include Sleeping (1995-1997), in which her subjects are friends photographed while they are asleep; Stranger (1998-2000), in which she records chance encounters with strangers with whom she exchanges no words; and all (2008-2010), in which her theme is images’ fiction and reality. In recent years, she has focused on the origins and occasions of images, weaving an anthropological perspective into photographs whose allusions point elsewhere than portraits of human subjects. Since the year 2000, her major exhibitions include Roppongi Crossing (2010) at the Mori Museum of Art, Artist File (2015) at the National Art Center, Tokyo, Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now (2016) at the Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, the 10th Yebizo International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions (2018) at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, and the MAM Collection 011 (2019) at the Mori Museum of Art.