Miwa YANAGI, was born in Kobe, Japan and completed a postgraduate course at Kyoto City University of Arts. In 1993, Ms. Yanagi held her first solo exhibition in Kyoto, where she currently lives. Since 1996, her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Europe and the United States. In 1999, she began creating the series My Grandmothers, which visualizes the self- perceptions of several young women who were asked to imagine what type of woman they might become in fifty years’time. In 2004, she was invited to hold shows at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin and the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (Kagawa, Japan). An exhibition featuring her recent Fairy Tale series, exploring relationships between young girls and older women, was organized by the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo) in 2005. She has also had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2007, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 2009 among others.
Running concurrently with her exhibition at the 53rd Venice Biennale will be a wide-ranging overview of her work at the National Museum of Art, Osaka.