Kirico 「school goods」

Kirico 「school goods」

Gallery Yamaki Fine Art is proud to present the second solo exhibition of Kirico from Saturday 6th March to Friday 9th April, 2021.

Born in Kyoto in 1978, Kirico is a photographer and artist currently based in Kobe, Japan. She was selected in the 32nd Canon New Cosmos of Photography Competition (Nobuyoshi Araki), received the Mio Photo Encouragement Award in 2010, and won the 2015 London International Creative Competition (LICC). By documenting her loved ones via photographs and videos, Kirico has depicted womanhood in light of her own personal relationships. In recent years, her experience of giving birth and becoming a mother has given her a vastly new perspective.

Her new body of work, ‘school goods’, explores the artist’s discomfort upon encountering the tradition of handmade school supplies. The series consists of embroideries and plaster casts of school items to reconsider the deep-seated meanings of ‘mother’ and ‘motherhood’ in Japanese society.

When Kirico’s child became old enough to enter kindergarten, detailed instructions were distributed for parents to prepare kindergarten goods – all of which had to be “handmade” in particular sizes and details specific to the kindergarten. For Kirico, who did not even own a sewing machine, she felt uneasy to be told that this was a mother’s natural duty.

Despite changes in gender roles and perceptions of child-rearing in Japanese society, mothers in Japan are still expected to make handmade lesson bags and drawstring pouches. This tradition has endured for over 50 years, and the shape and design of the bags have remained largely unchanged.

By collecting these handmade items and preserving their imprints in sculptural forms, Kirico transforms them into artworks worthy of appraisal, as well as monumentalizing the unsung legacy of over 50 years of women’s work. The shape of these items, which have been passed down through generations, embodies the enduring yet intangible ideal of a ‘mother’ in Japanese society. Through contextualizing handmade school goods as art, Kirico underscores the expectations of motherhood through her own experience as a mother.

This exhibition consists of ten plaster works, five embroidery works, and five collage works. We look forward to your visit.


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(Left)Relief (Slipper case 1980)(2021) 507 x 418 x 55 mm Plaster, frame.

(Center)Relief (Cup Case 2000) (2021) 250 x 200 x 55 mm Plaster, frame.

(Right)Relief (Lesson Bag 1981) (2021) 418 x 507 x 55 mm Plaster, frame.




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【Selected solo Exhibitions】
2010'My darling is' Port Gallery T/ Osaka, Bright Room/ Tokyo
2011'Frustration' Port Gallery T/ Osaka
2012'vewing_02 Kirico' Port Gallery T/ Osaka
2013'Portrait of objects and words' Tampopo house HANA/ Nara, A/A gallery/ Tokyo
2013're collection' Port Gallery T/ Osaka, CROSSROAD GALLERY/ Tokyo
2016CSecond Love' gallery Main/ Kyoto
2017'mother capture ' Gallery Yamaki Fine Art/Kobe
2017'mother capture' WACOAL STUDYHALL KYOTO/ Kyoto
2021'school goods ' Gallery Yamaki Fine Art/Kobe

【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2016'SHASEN Art Festa' Japan Institute of Photography and Film / Osaka
2017'Renewal Open Exhibition-From Hyogo to the World-' Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art Annex Haradanomori Gallery / Hyogo

2009The 32nd CANON New Century for Photograph Honourable mention
2010Mio Encouragement Award for Fine Photograph 2010
2015London International Creative Competition(LICC) Honourable mention
202118th Kyoto Contemporary Photo Exhibition Kyoto Photo Biennale 2021 Grand Prize
【Artist Information】

SessionSat. Mar 6, 2021 - Fri. Apr 9, 2021 Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Hours11:00-13:00 / 14:00-18:00
PlaceGallery Yamaki Fine Art
Venue3-9-5-2F Motomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0022
ContactTEL: 078-391-1666  FAX : 078-391-1667  MAIL:
AccessOne minute walk from Motomachi Station, West exit (JR/ Hanshin Line)