KIRICO “mother capture”

KIRICO “mother capture”"mother capture" 2016

Gallery Yamaki Fine Art is proud to announce a solo exhibition of Kirico, “mother capture”.
Kirico is a photographer and video artist born in 1978 in Kyoto. Documenting her families and spouses through photographs and videos, Kirico reveals with sensitivity, the intimate relationships she beholds with those she is deeply related to. Here, the distinction between the self and the artist is lost, and although it may be a documentary through the eyes of one particular woman, the raw lives of those documented appear through the photographer’s conflicting standpoint of urgency and objectivity, which thus become a universal language to stimulate the viewers mind.
The new body of work “mother capture” is based on female pregnancy and infertility, and was conceived as a response to the artist’s own struggle to face her friends who had become mothers. However, the sceneries captured by setting a video camera and recorded in the absence of the photographer, to Kirico, “felt like it was a release from my personal subjective feelings and seemed as if they were embodying the reality”.
This is the artist’s first exhibition at Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, and is bound to be a milestone in Kirico’s career, marking a new development.

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“mother capture”

My work is about women’s happiness and the way of living, of which themes I overlap with my own life.
I myself is undergoing an infertility treatment, and is one of many childless women desperate for babies.

Painful treatments, expensive doctor’s fees, and the endless cycle of high and low feelings before and after the period is what constitutes my daily life. I feel the pressure from others and when hearing news of another friend becoming a mother, I cannot help but feel imperfectness as well as a sense of defeat. Such feelings sometimes swell so much that I almost lose myself in them.

Yet those friends who become new mothers are my hope and whom I long to be. To recognize their existence more objectively, I stopped clicking the shutter and decided to leave the room discreetly after setting up the video camera. The film shot without a photographer seemed to reveal the reality just as it is, relieved from my subjective and personal intention.


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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. Feb 25, 2017 - Sat. Mar 25, 2017 Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Hours11:00-13:00 / 14:00-19:00 [-17:00 on the last day]
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)