栁美和(b.1967~)

日本知名當代藝術家,生於日本神戶市,京都市立藝術大學美術研究科碩士。1990年代後期,開始以年輕女性為創作對象,發表特殊化妝等手法創作的影像作品,尤以身著制服的女性電梯服務人員佇立在各個商業空間為背景,所創作的《電梯女郎》系列獲得矚目。

2000年開始,陸續發表以女性們幻想半世紀後的自己為題材的《我的祖母們》,以及改編自童話故事的《寓言》系列作品。

2009年成為第53屆威尼斯雙年展日本館的代表藝術家。2010年起栁美和投入戲劇創作,開啟「栁美和劇場計畫」,她以大正時期的日本為背景,創作描寫新興藝術運動的《1924三部曲》,還有以明治時代後期的全景博物館為創作背景的《全景》系列等。

2013年,她策畫的《零點時刻-東京玫瑰最後的磁帶》,在日本愛知縣三年展公演,並於美國、加拿大等地劇場進行巡演。2014年橫濱三年展《日輪之翼舞台車》發表,並於2016年起以移動舞台車執行了數次戶外演出。栁美和以視覺特效攝影、攝影裝置、小劇場表演等被熟知。

90年代是女性藝術家大量出現的時代,栁美和正是這個時期最早進行攝影實踐的女性藝術家,她以多元的方式討論有關女性的議題,包括了身分認同、衰老、恐懼、死亡等議題,在在關注著生命的存在、繁衍與變化,作品的呈現十分美麗卻又充滿哀傷和反省,是21世紀相當閃耀的藝術家。

Miwa Yanagi (b. 1967~)

A native of Kobe, renowned Japanese artist Miwa Yanagi holds a Master’s degree from the Kyoto City University of Arts. In the late 1990s she began releasing multimedia works featuring young women with unusual makeup and styling. Elevator Girls, which as the name implies featured uniformed female elevator attendants standing against various commercial spaces, attracted considerable attention.

Beginning in 2000 she unveiled My Grandmothers, a series of works that imagined women 50 years into the future, as well as the Fairy Tale series adapted from actual fairy tales.

In 2009 she represented Japan at the 53rd Venice Biennial. In 2010, Yanagi began venturing into dramatic expression, embarking upon the Miwa Yanagi Theater Project. With Taisho era Japan as the background, her 1924 Trilogy described the emerging art movement, while the Panorama series featured a panoramic museum during the Meiji era.

Following a public exhibition in Aichi Prefecture of her 2013 work Zero Hour – Tokyo Rose’s Last Tape, a touring exhibition made stops in the United States and Canada. After debuting at the 2014 Yokohama Triennial, Wing of the Sun was shown multiple times on a mobile stage truck. Yanagi is especially well known for her special effects photography, photography installations, and small theater performances.

Miwa Yanagi was the first female visual artist to incorporate photography in the 1990s, an era marked by the emergence of numerous female artists. Yanagi approaches women’s issues in multifarious ways, including identity, aging, fear, and death. In all of these aspects, she consistently shows concern for the existence, proliferation, and transformation of life, in works that are outwardly beautiful yet full of sadness and reflection. She is one of the shining artists of the twenty-first century.