There was certainly love. Mao Ishikawa’s legendary debut series is now being shown again after having been kept under wraps for 30 years. It was right after Okinawa reverted to Japan in 1975, when, at the age of 22, Ishikawa took the plunge and moved to Okinawa to work in a bar that catered for foreigners. She photographed peoples’ lives there: women from both the mainland and from Okinawa enjoying their love and youth, and U.S soldiers who became deeply involved in relationships with those women. They were portraits of men and women living intensely and vividly in Okinawa during the end of the Vietnam War. These photographs are an anthem to the beauty of the human spirit and the full range of its emotions. This is a long-awaited book by Mao Ishikawa who has been gaining global recognition after receiving the Grand Prize of the Sagamihara Photographic Award in 2011.

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Mao Ishikawa
Born in Okinawa in 1953. She embarked her career as a photographer after studying at the Shomei Tomatsu Class of The Workshop School of Photography in Tokyo in 1974, and has been engaged in capturing people's lives around Okinawa. Received Sagamihara Photographic Award for the series “Fences, Okinawa” in 2011.

Recent solo exhibitions:
"Fences, Fuck You!!" Akara Gallery, Okinawa, 2012
"Port town Elegy" photographers' gallery, Tokyo, 2012
"Okinawa Soul", East Gallery, London, 2010

Recent group exhibitions:
"Women In-Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012
"Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, 2008
"The Perpetual Moment -- Visions from within Okinawa and Korea" PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, 2004

Publications:
"Here's what the Japanese flag means to me" Miraisha, 2011
"Okinawa Soul" Ohta Publishing, 2002
"Uchinaa Shibai Sachiko Nakada’s Theatrical company" self-published by Ishikawa, 1991

 


Title: Hot Days in Okinawa
Author: Mao Ishikawa
Art direction and design: Yoshinori Ochiai(Garage)
Price: 2600 yen (tax excluded)
Size: 257 x 192 mm
Page: 96/ Soft cover
ISBN 978-4-902943-83-2
(February, 2013)



 


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