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KANSAI

“Ishiuchi Miyako: Silken Dreams”

THE MARUGAME GENICHIRO-INOKUMA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

Renowned Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi became particularly well known in 2005, when she photographed the belongings of her deceased mother in a series titled “Mother’s.”

After the phenomenal success of “Mother’s,” she worked on “Hiroshima” — photos of personal effects belonging to those killed by the atomic bomb. With silk dresses being among these objects, Ishiuchi also developed a fascination with the versatility of silk fabrics.

A native of Kiryu city, Gunma Prefecture, one of Japan’s major textile areas, Ishiuchi’s found many ways to express her newfound passion. This exhibition showcases 46 of her latest silk-themed images, including some from the “Hiroshima” series; till Jan. 6.

The Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art; (0877) 24-7755; 80-1 Hamamachi, Marugame, Kagawa; Marugame Station, JR Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥ 950. Closed from Dec. 25-31. www.mimoca.org.