Solo Show / Fumiko by Sayuri Ichida

Solo Show / Fumiko by Sayuri Ichida

Solo Show / Fumiko by Sayuri Ichida

Where: PhMuseum Lab, Via Paolo Fabbri 10/2a | Bologna

Admission: Free

When: May - July 2022

Vernissage: 11 May | 5pm-10pm

Opening times: Thursday 6pm-8pm

About the show

PhMuseum Lab presents for the first time in Europe the solo exhibition Fumiko, a project by Japanese photographer Sayuri Ichida.

The work stems from the discovery of a biscuits’ tin of metal in the house of the artist's grandparents. The box is full of negatives and prints that portray from childhood to adulthood, the life of Fumiko's mother, who passed away at the age of 47 from lung cancer. Ichida thus begins a research path through which she investigates the depths of her trauma to stimulate a contemporary debate on concepts such as destiny and memory.

Juxtaposing her family archive with newly made images in response to it, Ichida creates a sophisticated narrative that offers a collective reflection on the difficult process of accepting death. Looking at this work we remember that sooner or later we will all experience some kind of loss, but above all, we rediscover that what matters most is how we keep the positive memory of our loved ones alive.

The exhibition takes place as part of ART CITY Bologna 2022 on the occasion of ARTEFIERA. Special opening dates and time are the following:
12 May from 3pm to 8pm
13 May from 3pm to 8pm
14 May from 3pm to midnight
15 May from 3pm to 8pm

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Sayuri Ichida is a London based Japanese artist working in photography.

Ichida’s practice focuses on themes of self-identity, reflecting on her own memory and life experience. In her photographs, she explores the complexities of emotional state by portraying the human form. She also examines ideas of loss and mortality by utilizing archival materials. She looks for beauty in scenes that evoke a sense of nostalgia and timelessness, two elements that are fundamental to her work.

After starting out her career in the commercial photography industry in Tokyo and New York, she shifted her focus to art photography. She holds an MA in Photography Arts from the University of Westminster. She won the Japan Photo Award in 2016 for her Deja Vu series - a house series inspired by the memory of her childhood dollhouse. Her series Mayu - named after a Japanese ballet dancer - was selected for several group shows presented at Unseen Photo Festival (Amsterdam, 2018), Photo Saint Germain (Paris, 2018), IMA Gallery (Tokyo, 2018), and Asama International Photo Festival (Nagano, 2019).

Her work featuring Gabrielle Chanel’s Paris apartment was on exhibit at IMA Gallery as part of Chanel’s MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ show in Tokyo, and she was selected to participate in the group show, TODAY is - Next generations of DAIDO MORIYAMA in 2019. She released her first self-published artist book Absentee in 2021, and her second artist book Fumiko will be published in 2022.

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