Japan Pavilion at the 52nd International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale in 2007: Commissioner Profile

Commissioner Profile

Chihiro Minato

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Chihiro Minato

Chihiro Minato was born in 1960 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. After graduating from Waseda University, School of Political Science and Economics, he was a 1982 recipient of the Gasei Scholarship from Argentina, which enabled him to travel throughout South America. From 1985 on, he based himself in Paris, where he has been active as an artist and critic. In 1995, he began teaching at Tama Art University, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Information Design. He was also one of the founding members of Art Anthropology Institute, Tama Art University, which was established in 2006. In 2002, he was invited as a visiting scholar by Wolfson College, Oxford University.


Major solo exhibitions:

1987
“Eye of Atlantic,” Assisto Gallery (Tokyo)
1991
“Equator,” Konica Plaza (Tokyo)
1992
“Continental Drift,” Parco Gallery (Tokyo)
1993
“Voyage,” FOC Galerie (Paris, France)
1998
“Garden of Memory,” (co-production with Hiroyuki Moriwaki in the exhibition “Portable Sacred Ground”) InterCommunication Center (Tokyo)
“La vie Latente,” Gallery IDEM (Paris, France)
“Livre Latent,” Gallery ITEM (Paris, France)
1998
“Spomin,” Museum of Modern Art (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
2001
“Presage,” Gallery PastRays (Yokohama)
“Pensée Sauvage,” Institut Franco-Japonais (Tokyo)
“One Mountain is Every Mountain,” Nirei Art Gallery (Yokohama)
2005/2006
“Chromatic Citizen,” Nikon Salon Gallery (Tokyo)

Filmography:

2002
“Reconcilier l’inteligible et le sensible, Entretien avec Claude Levi-Strauss” Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Oxford); Institut Franco-Japonais (Tokyo)
2001/2002
“Our Mountains of Metamorphosis” Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Oxford, UK); Inter Medium Institute (Osaka)
2003
“Message in the Cave” NHK
2004
“Containers and Memories” Okinawa Cultural Typhoon (Okinawa)
“Nine Museum of Taniguchi Yoshio” video for opening show of MOMA (New York, USA)
2005
“Chamberlain’s Zushigame” Yamagata Documentary Festival in Tokyo (Tokyo)
2007
“Emerging Library, The Form of Intelligence and Creativity” Tama Art University (Tokyo)

Major group exhibitions:

1993
“Under the other sky,” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Tokyo)
1995
“Les frontier de l’ombre,” le mois de la photo à Montreal, (Montreal, Canada)
1999
“Net-Condition,” ZKM-InterCommunication Center (on Internet)
2000
“World in Resonance,” pre-event for the 2005 World Expo in Aichi, Aichi Youth Park (Aichi)
2001
“160 Years of Photography,” Gravelin Museum (Gravelin, France)
“ICANOF,” (Hachinohe)
2002
“Site/sight,” Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo)
“Slunting House,” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo)

Major curatorial works:

1999
“Serendipity,” The Japan Foundation (Tokyo)
2000
“Anthropology and Museology,” Maison Franco-Japonaise (Tokyo)
2001
“In the Marge of Landscape,” Institut Franco-Japonais (Tokyo)
2002
“Photonesia,” Naha Shimin Hall (Okinawa)
“Yocho Visual Art from Korea and Japan,” The Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne (the Japan Foundation) (Cologne, Germany)
2006
“Public Furniture,” Busan Biennale (Busan, Korea)
2007
Japanese Pavilion, Venezia Biennale (Venice, Italy)
“Toyo ITO: Emerging World,” Tama Art University (Tokyo)

Major publications:

1991
“Crowd Theory” Tokyo Libroport
1994
“Nouvelle Histoire de la Photographie” Edition Bordas Paris (A New History of Photography, Konemann 1998) (Chapter on Japanese Photography)
1995
“Memory-Powers of Creation and Remembering” Kodansha
1998
“Image Theory” NHK Books
2000
“Nature-Unseen Memory” NTT Publishing
“Photography-Serendipity” Iwanami Shoten
2001
“The Third Eye” Kosaido Publishing
“La Grotte” Serika Shobo
2001
“Our Mountains of Metamorphosis” Inscript
2005
“FRANCE/GREECE” EU-JAPAN
“The Battle of Shadows” Iwanami Shoten
2006
“Inframince” (with Yukimasa Matsuda) Ushiwakamaru
2007
“The Mothers of Lettres” Inscript


Major Public collections:
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography / French National Library


Major Prizes

1997
Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities
1998
Multimedia Grandprix Award of MMCA
2006
INA NOBUO Prize for Photography

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