NEWSText: Aya Shomura

Gazing at far beyond the horison after dancing, Photo: Makiko Ui

Gazing at far beyond the horison after dancing, Photo: Makiko Ui

From November 12th to December 1st, Makiko Ui’s photo exhibition “Ainu, the contemporary portrait” will be held at Granvista Gallery Sapporo.


Ui, in the Summer of 1992, has visited to Nibutani, in Hokkaido. It was conformable for her to live together with weaving Ainu patterns and to shoot often. On the other hand, as thinking about the history that a large amount of migrant named “pioneer” has invaded in Hokkaido since the Meiji era, she could not help being aware “I am a Japanese” who had invaded.

For this exhibition, while shooting their lives in Tokyo and Nibutani with snuggled, she will exhibit photos printed the lifesize figures of Ainu people who are living kingly today including Ainu culture and their reverence to Kamui (God) which she feels.

Makiko Ui Photo Exhibition “Ainu, the contemporary portrait”
Date: November 12th – December 1st, 2015
Opening hours: 11:00 – 19:00 (December 1st, till 17:00)
Talk & reception: November 12th, 18:30-20:30
Place: Granvista Gallery Sapporo
Address: 1F, Sapporo Grand Hotel, North 1 West 4, Chuo-ku Sapporo
Organized by Granvista Hotel & Resorts, Sapporo Grand Hotel

Tel: +81 (0)11 261 3311
Admission free

Text: Aya Shomura

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