Motoyuki Shitamichi's photographs focus upon historical sites found in everyday landscapes. His Torii series features the present-day ruins of shrines built around East Asia during the mid-19th century to the end of World War II. He received the Noon Award in the emerging artist category at the Gwangju Biennale, Korea in 2012. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, Shitamichi has directed an affectionate gaze toward the little things around him. His ongoing project "Mother's Covers," featuring realizations about his new life living with his wife and mother-in-law, has the feel of a castaway adventure on a tiny, unknown island. Shitamichi will participate in the inaugural Okayama Art Summit triennial this autumn.
Dimensions: 12 5/8 x 9 1/2 in (each), two pieces framed separately.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist, © Motoyuki Shitamichi