Bio & CV



Atsuko Yamagata  山形敦子

Biography


Manila based visual artist , Atsuko Yamagata was born in Sapporo City, Hokkaido, Japan. She is basically  a self-taught artist. She moved to Tokyo to get into a university, and majored in Indonesian language and cultural study of South Eastern Asia. After taking Bachelors Degree, Yamagata’s interest had been directed to present her thoughts by painting, such as her experiences and feelings in other countries and cultures. 

At that time, her theme was about individual aesthesis and how to survive as a woman and Japanese in the world. 

In 2012, Yamagata moved to Manila, Philippines, and started her career as a visual artist in full swing.

Naturally she has been thinking what is herself as a Japanese there. She has explored materials which she could find  connections between her identity and her aesthesis to the place she lives. She reached to find handmade papers made in plants of the country  such as pineapple and banana. Those papers are made by a Japanese paper maker in Northern part of the Philippines. 

Since 2015, she has started to use  those papers in her artworks. 

Another material is old bills of Filipino pesos issued by Japanese military in World War 2.  Yamagata presented an installation using them in Vinyl on Vinyl gallery in 2018.

On the other hand, by using ink, glue and handmade paper, she has expressed invisible and ideal lives. Micro lives or creatures /cells or organs she made are considered as sense of body itself. She has unfolded narratives of relationship between physical sense of body as a woman and invisible lives.  

Yamagata has had many solo and group exhibitions in Philippines and expanded internationally. For example she selected and participated in Nakanojo Biennale in 2017 and 2019, and participated to some group shows in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. 

 

1982年北海道、札幌市生まれ、フィリピン・マニラ在住。
場所とアイデンティティの関連性を主題に作品を制作している。場所に関連した素材に着目し、それを有機的な形に作り直す。
制作する際は、素材同士が生み出す偶然性や作家自身がコントロールできないものを用い、
場所、文化、そこに生きるものについての知覚経験を再構成する。

主にマニラのギャラリーでの個展・グループ展に参加するなど活動する。
代表的な個展に、
2017年Art Informal Galleryにて”Breathing, Breeding, Blowout”。
2018年Finale Art Fileにて”Uncontrolled Artificiality”, Vinyl on Vinyl galleryでの”Renenbrance”等。
また、フィリピン以外の東南アジア各地(シンガポール、インドネシア、マレーシア)でもグループ展やアートフェアへの出展等活動の場を広げる。
日本での展示は、2017,2019と中之条ビエンナーレに参加。滞在制作を行う。
また2017年に札幌市のJRタワーホテル日航札幌にて個展を開催した。

 

Curriculum Vitae


<Education>


Course complete in Fine Arts at Musashino Art University , 2012-13
B.A. in Faculty of Foreign Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies , 2005


<Solo Exhibitions>

2020 Mar Artinformal, Makati City, Philippines

2018 Nov   “Remembrance”Vinyl on Vinyl gallery, Makati City, Philippines
2018 Aug “Uncontrolled Artificiality” Finale Art File, Makati City, Philippines
2018 Jun “Born Softly” MO_Space, Taguig City, Philippines
2018 Feb “Belongingness” West gallery, Quezon City, Philippines

2017  “made roots here” TOWER’S GALLERY, JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
2017  “breathing, breeding, blowout” Art Informal, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
2017  “borrowed scenery” Underground gallery, Makati City, Philippines

2015 “Between Place” Underground gallery, Makati City, Philippines
2015 “Fragmented Histology” SM City Baliwag , Bulacan, Philippines

2013 “Sibuyas” 「シブーヤス」The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

2012 “Ka-Cho-Fu-Getsu” 「花鳥風月」The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan


<Selected Group Exhibitions>

2019 “Transcendental” two woman show , Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City, Philippines

2019  Nakanojo Biennale 2019, Gunma Prefecture, Japan 

2019  “The future is Female “ Taksu Singapore, Singapore 

2019  Art Expo Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2019  “Kahit at Sabit “ Load na Dito , Makati City, Philippines

2019  “Self portrait as mirror/Mirror as self portrait” Artinformal , Mandaluyong City, Philippines
2019  Art Fair Philippines 2019, Makati City, Philippines

2018  Art Fair Philippines 2018, Makati City, Philippines
2018  Singapore Art Stage 2018 , Singapore

2017  “FORM OUT OF MATERIAL, MATERIAL OUT OF FORM” 3 women show , Galleria Duemila, Pasay City, Philippines
2017 Nakanojo Biennale 2017 中之条ビエンナーレ2017, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
2017 “sheer” curated by Renato Habulan, Eskinita gallery, Makati City, Philippines
2017  “A Collage Show” curated by Nilo Ilarde, Underground gallery, Makati City, Philippines
2017  “recent works” Art Anton, Pasay City, Philippines
2017 Art Fair Philippines 2017, booth of TAKSU gallery, Makati City, Philippines

2016 “SMALLS” curated by Nilo Ilarde, Underground gallery, Philippines
2016  “NASI CAMPUR” TAKSU Bali, Indonesia
2016 Art Fair Philippines 2016, booth of TAKSU gallery, Makati City, Philippines

2015  “SPEAK SOFT, LISTEN HARD”, Underground, Makati City, Philippines
2015 “We saw things that others didn’t”, TAKSU Singapore, Singapore
2015 “if Aristotle can’t be your teacher, you have to teach yourself” , Galleria Duemila, Pasay City, Philippines

2014  “Gen/Ngayon2”, Museo Orlina, Tagaytay City, Philippines
2014  “Childhood Artifacts”, Museo Pambata, Manila City, Philippines
2014  “Gen現:Ngayon” NOVA Gallery, Makati City, Philippines

2013 “hugot” a project of Back to Square 1 Sining Makiling Gallery, Los Banos, Philippines
2013 “domestiCITY” JStudio, Taguig City, Philippines


<Award>


2013 Audience prize at Liquitex Art Prize 2013 (Japan)
2012 ACT prize for ARTLABOX2012 award at Art Complex Center of Tokyo (Japan)


<Residencies>

2019 Studio Residence for Nakanojo Biennale 2019, Japan
2017 Studio Residence for Nakanojo Biennale 2017 , Japan


<Bibliography>
http://atsukoyamagata.com/reference/

“Remembering war with art by peso notes in Japanese occupation ” The Daily Manila Shimbun(newspaper), Nov 15, 2018


“Visual Artist Atsuko Yamagata , artworks about immigration in Hokkaido”
Hokkaido News Paper 北海道新聞 Nov 3, 2017

“Nakanojo Biennale 2017” printed an artwork’s photo on OZ Magazine, issued on Sep 2017

“Seeking for being Japanese -Visual Artist Atsuko Yamagata” The Daily Manila Shimbun (newspaper) , Feb 13, 2015

“The Ties of Creativity” AGUNG published by National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Number 1 in 2015, 

“Fragmented histology at SM City Baliwag” Philippine Daily Inquirer , Mar 12, 2015

interview photo