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Transit Republic /// Program 01 "Reading Footprints : Four Women Foresight"

Opening reception and talk at a group exhibition of contemporary women photography and video "Reading Footprints : Four Women Foresight"

Transit Republic /// Program 01
January 14, 2017
opening reception and talk 

"Reading Footprints : Four Women Foresight"
Group Exhibition of Contemporary Women Photography and Video

Venue: Arena 1 Gallery
(3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, California 90405)

Ai Iwane
Kaori Nakasone
Kiyoko Sakata
Satoko Nema

on view until January 30, 2017

Reading Footprints is a group show surveying contemporary Japanese women photography and video. The photography and video work portray each artist’s culture not as vanishing, but as part of a lively, assertive group of people confident about the importance of their cultures in the past, their importance to the present and their influence on the future. They sometimes use images identified within the changing cultural landscape, but these images are not used as emblems of a generic unified past. Instead the images carry specific messages or stories about how individual artists interpret their native community, family and intricate histories, how they experience the present, or what they project for tomorrow.

― Kio Griffith

a Transit Republic project

presented by Art Bridge + TYPE
A Featured Event of Month of Photography Los Angeles

Supported by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles


Transit Republic /// Program 05 Okinawa Graveyard Club to Mud Man : Films by Yamashiro Chikako

January 24, 2017 8-10pm / ECHO PARK FILM CENTER 1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026 / $5 admission

Transit Republic /// Program 05
January 24, 2017

Films by Yamashiro Chikako


“Okinawa Graveyard Club” (2004)
“Your voice came out through my throat” (2009)
“Sinking Voices, Red Breath” (2010)
“A Woman of the Butcher Shop” (2012)
“Mud Man” (2016)

$5 admission 
1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

a Transit Republic project
presented by Art Bridge + TYPE
A Featured Event of Month of Photography Los Angeles
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Chikako Yamashiro is a contemporary video artist and photographer based in Naha, Okinawa exploring the legacies of Japanese colonization in the nineteenth century; the brutal Battle of Okinawa of World War II; and the ongoing occupation of Okinawa by both Japan and the American military to the present. Most of Yamashiro's practice utilizes her own body, serving to symbolize the situation of Okinawa. Still, her works cannot be neatly categorized as simplistic arguments of good and evil; the lyrical quality of her expression allows them to be interpreted in various ways, and in them one finds universal themes such as femininity and physicality, the connection between life and death, memory and storytelling. 

Yamashiro’s recent exhibitions include: From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art (2016-17, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco/USA), SEVEN JAPANESE ROOMS (2016-17, Fondazione Carispezia, La Spezia/Italy), 2016 Aichi Triennale (2016, the former Meiji-ya Sakae Building, Aichi), the 8th Asian Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2015-16, Queensland Art Gallery /Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane/Australia), East Asia Feminism: FANTasia (2015, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul/Korea), MAM Project 018:Chikako Yamashiro (2012, Mori Art Museum Gallery 1, Tokyo). Selected publications include: Circulating World The Art of Chikako Yamashiro (2016, Yumiko Chiba Associates), Chikako Yamashiro (2012, Yumiko Chiba Associates).
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about Transit Republic

Folding out and unpacking as a circulatory exhibition of contemporary photography and new media works of Asia, the Americas and other pan Pacific countries, Transit Republic is a social practice and activation based “publishing project in motion”; an arts and publishing collective; a community engagement and research project; and field work of on site curating and interviews conducted by the leading curators of the Collective Asia Project which was founded earlier this year by Chihiro Minato (photographer, writer, educator and director of Aichi Triennale 2016), Hattori Hiroyuki (curator, writer of Aichi Triennale 2016), and Kenichiro Egami (independent curator, writer, photographer). . 

Folding in and wrapping up, the objective of this research publication is the world-making compilation of informative dialogues and findings forming into Art Bridge’s 5th issue, the first of its kind to incorporate a true DIY manifesting of collecting local news as well as creating a platform for collaborative possibilities, ethos of change and critical togetherness.

The title Transit Republic is inspired by the short lived (25 day) Republic of California before the Gold Rush.

Chihiro Minato (JP) 
Kenichiro Egami (JP) 
Hattori Hiroyuki (JP) 
Ayumi Sekikawa (JP) 
Alternative Media Library (JP) 
Ai Iwane (JP) 
Chikako Yamashiro(JP)
Kaori Nakasone(JP)
Kiyoko Sakata(JP)
Masao Okabe(JP)
Megumi Machida(JP)
Satoko Nema(JP)
Ayumi Hara (JP)
Kinjo Tohru(JP)
Manabu Miki (JP)
Jazoo Yang (Busan) 
Jiro Ueta (Seoul) 
Listen To The City (Seoul) 
Michael Leung (Hong Kong) 
HK Farmer’s Almanac (Hong Kong) 
Lee Chung Fung (Hong Kong) 
J-J Gong (Taiwan) 

guest curators:
Agustin H Carlos (Cuba)
Daniela Lieja Quintanar (LA / Mexico)

and more TBA

event inquiries, appointments, requests and collaborations:
please email to: kiogriffith@gmail.com

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