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Ishiuchi Miyako
ひろしま hiroshima via Vancouver
December 7, 2012 – January 9, 2013
Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery

November 26, 2012

photograph of item left behind by people killed in the atomic bombing
ひろしま hiroshima #9
Ogawa.R 2007

Exhibition Announcement

The Embassy of Canada will present an exhibition entitled Ishiuchi Miyako ひろしま hiroshima via Vancouver in its Prince Takamado Gallery.

In 2007, Ishiuchi Miyako began creating her "ひろしま" (hiroshima) series of photographs of items (from the archives of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum) left behind by people killed in the atomic bombing. It won the Mainichi Art Award In 2009. Unlike other "Hiroshima" photographs presenting old images of tragedy and devastation, Ishiuchi's collection beautifully brings back into view the bright clothing and accessories worn by the victims as the bomb fell. It reminds us in a powerful way that those people were human beings living everyday lives – no different from us.

From October 14, 2011 to February 12, 2012, 48 photos from the series were presented by the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology in an exhibition entitled ひろしま hiroshima. Selected photos of that collection will now be presented in the Embassy of Canada's Prince Takamado Gallery. The documentary film about the exhibition at the University of British Columbia, Things Left Behind directed by Linda Hoaglund, was in the official selection of the Vancouver International Film Festival 2012 and is featured as a special screening at Tokyo FilmEx 2012. The film will be played in Iwanami Hall in the summer of 2013 and later at theatres nationwide.

Ishiuchi Miyako was born in Gunma Prefecture in 1947. Raised in Yokosuka, she began taking photographs in the 1970s. She received the Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award in 1979 for her early collections capturing the sights, memories and feelings of the big city. She went on to produce other collections including a series of photographs of scarred human bodies. As Japan's representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale, she attracted attention with Mother's, pictures of items left behind by her late mother.


Date: December 7, 2012 – January 9, 2013

  • Weekdays 10:00-17:30
  • Wednesdays 10:00-20:00
  • Closed on weekends, December 24, 25, 31, January 1 and 2

Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Admission: Free

Embassy of Canada, Public Affairs Section
Tel: 03-5412-6257

Media contact: Tel: 03-5412-6444




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