Lieko Shiga is a Japanese photographer based in Misato, Miyagi Prefecture, in North-East Japan, whose work focuses on documenting the lives of local people in her community. On 11 March 2011, the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami destroyed her village of Kitakama, taking the lives of many. After surviving the immediate aftermath, Shiga has recorded local events, capturing the overarching significance of the tragedy, and tracing the transformation of her community.
In this webinar chaired by Yasufumi Nakamori, Lieko Shiga will talk about how her art practice and activities became meaningful in capturing and expressing the significance of a devastating event that she experienced directly.
Date: Tuesday 27 April 2021
UK Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm (BST)
Japan Time: 8:00pm-9:00pm (GMT+9)
About the contributors
Lieko Shiga is a Japanese photographer. Born in 1980 in Aichi Prefecture, she graduated from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, in 2004. She has lived in Miyagi Prefecture since 2008. Her major exhibitions include “Rasen Kaigan” (solo show, Sendai Mediatheque, 2012), “In the Wake” (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2015), “New Photography 2015” (The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2015), “Blind Date” (solo show, Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, 2017), and “Human Spring” (solo show, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, 2019).
Dr Yasufumi Nakamori is Senior Curator, International Art (Photography) at Tate Modern, London. Originally from Osaka, Nakamori initially studied law, practising in New York and Tokyo, before obtaining his PhD in art history from Cornell University. Prior to joining Tate Modern, Nakamori was department head of photography and new media at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and from 2008-2016 he was curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He won the 2011 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Exhibitions from the College Art Association for his book Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture, Photographs by Yasuhiro Ishimoto. Nakamori co-curated the exhibition Zanele Muholi that will be on view at Tate Modern in May.