Asia Art Archive welcomes Shimada Yoshiko to our Residency Programme.
During her residency, Shimada examines alternative art education in different parts of Asia during the 1960s and 70s. This grows out of Anti-Academy, an exhibition she co-curated in 2013 which explored alternative art education in the 1960s, including Bigakkō in Japan, Ex-skole in Denmark, and the Intermedia Program at the University of Iowa in the United States.
She explores the possibility of the archive as a locus of education, as envisioned by Matsuzawa Yutaka with his Data Center of Contemporary Art plan. With reference to her upcoming collaboration with prefectural museums and libraries in Suwa, a local community cultural programme based on Matsuzawa’s archive, Shimada will explore various approaches and strategies with AAA members.
Shimada Yoshiko lives and works in Chiba, Japan. She graduated from Scripps College, USA, in 1982, and received her PhD from Kingston University, London, in 2015. Her artwork explores themes of cultural memory and the role of women in the Asia-Pacific War. Her works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
In recent years, Shimada has been researching post-1968 art and politics in Japan. She has curated exhibitions, such as Anti-Academy (John Hansard Gallery, 2013), Nakajima Yoshio Syndrome (Atsukobarouh, 2015), and From Nirvana to Catastrophe (Ota Fine Arts, 2017), for which she wrote and edited the catalogues. She is currently working on the Matsuzawa Yutaka Archive in Nagano, and serving as Director of the Matsuzawa Yutaka Psi Room Foundation. She lectures on Japanese art and politics of the 1960s and 70s, and art and feminisms in Japan at The University of Tokyo.
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