Art & Design

Phtography Exhibition “Okinawa Soul” by Mao Ishikawa

28 October - 3 November 2010

The “Okinawa Soul” photography exhibition by Mao 
Ishikawa will be the artist's first solo exhibition in the U.K


Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture in Japan and is formerly known as the Ryukyu Kingdom. Okinawa has its own unique culture, lifestyle and history. Japanese influential artists, such as Taro Okamoto, Shomei Tomatsu, Nobuyoshi Araki and many others were attracted by Okinawa as their subject.
“Okinawa Soul” features three decades of photographs by Ishikawa, who has focused her lens on the lives of various people and subjects connected with Okinawa. Ishikawa’s wide range of subjects include series on local fishermen, families, elderly Okinawans, young men and women of different nationalities, actors of Okinawan traditional theatre company and herself. Through the images, discovering the real life expands from the small island and it demonstrates Okinawan Soul (Spirits) which may answer to the question of why Okinawa was attracted by people.


The exhibition will include a talk from the artist on the opening night and presenting the documentary film of the artist’s work produced by Takayuki Higuchi during the exhibition. Her work will also be displayed which includes the recent book “Life in Philly”.

Mao Ishikawa was born in 1953 in Ohgimi Village, Northern part of Okinawa. She lives and works in Tomigusuku City, Okinawa, Japan. She studied at Shomei Tomatsu’s Photographic Workshop Tokyo in 1973. Mao Ishikawa returned to her native Okinawa and focussed photographing Okinawa and its people. In showing the true personality and internal feelings of her subjects just the way they are, her photographs express the strength of spirit that belies her somewhat soft and adaptable character. In her self-portraits she reveals herself without artifice. Not only is she well-known for her photographs but she also writes and lectures.


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Admission Free

28 October - 3 November 2010

East Gallery, 214 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA


Okinawa Association UK