The J. Paul Getty Museum will present “Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows” photo exhibition from Oct. 6 through Feb. 21, 2016. getty.edu
Self – taught photographer Miyako Ishiuchi (born 1947) stunned the Japanese photography establishment in the late 1970s with grainy, haunting, black – and – white images of Yokosuka — the city where Ishiuchi spent her childhood and where the United States established an important naval base in 1945.
Fusing the personal and political in her work, Ishiuchi interweaves her identity with the complex history of postwar Japan that emerged from “shadows” cast by American occupation.
Presenting photographs made over the last forty years, this exhibition includes Ishiuchi’s most recent series, ひろしま/hiroshima, seventy years after the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Ishiuchi first visited Hiroshima when commissioned to photograph there in 2007. She chose as her principal subjects the artifacts devastated by the U.S. atomic bombing of the city, now housed at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
The title of the series ひろしま /hiroshima intentionally includes the word Hiroshima in Hiragana, a Japanese writing system that women used extensively in previous eras.
The Japan Foundation and Shiseido Co., Ltd., support this exhibition.
Inside the Photography of Ishiuchi Miyako
Getty Iris article by Amanda Maddox, posted on August 6, 2015
The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography
October 6, 2015–February 21, 2016
Several young Japanese photographers garnered attention in the 1990s, when their bold, colorful, often provocative pictures of themselves and their immediate worlds were collectively dubbed “girl photographs.”
This exhibition celebrates the emergence of five talented female photographers from Japan whose careers began in the 1990s and 2000s—Kawauchi Rinko, Onodera Yuki, Otsuka Chino, Sawada Tomoko, and Shiga Lieko.
Selected series by these artists evoke the influence of Ishiuchi Miyako, whose work is showcased in the companion exhibition Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows.
This exhibition is supported by the Japan Foundation.
Curators: Amanda Maddox (lead), Virginia Heckert
Related Events of “Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows” at the Getty.
Talk: Ishiuchi Miyako in Conversation
Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Photographer Ishiuchi Miyako discusses her work and career with Christopher Phillips, curator at the International Center of Photography in New York.
Film: Things Left Behind
Saturday, October 10, 11:00 a.m., 1:00, and 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Lecture Hall
Renowned photographer Ishiuchi Miyako and her project ひろしま/hiroshima are the focus of the film Things Left Behind. Filmmaker Linda Hoaglund uses the 2011 exhibition of ひろしま/hiroshima at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver as context for her compelling documentary, which weaves together visitor responses to the exhibition with interviews that feature Ishiuchi. Running time is 80 minutes.
Tour: Curator’s Gallery Tour
Thursday, October 22 and November 19, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 22, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum galleries
Amanda Maddox, assistant curator of photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a tour of the exhibitions Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows and The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography. Meet under the stairs in the Entrance Hall.