Yoko Ichikawa was raised in a Catholic family in Japan. My primary focus is creating visual art and installations by engaging in memory-evoking dialogues with various people.
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YOKO ICHIKAWA, Japan
I have engaged in the media/education industry in Japan and the UK, cooperating with local municipalities to promote regional revitalisation. This experience has contributed to my continued interest and passion for people-to-people communication.
Surprisingly, the total number of Catholics in Japan is only about 450,000. I was raised in a Catholic family in Japan. Being baptised as a Catholic as an infant, I have felt close to God as a Christian from an early age. Although I didn't have any negative memories of my childhood, now I am older, that I have a clearer understanding of my religion, which is the majority in the world but a minority in Japan. In this sense, I've always felt a "fluctuating " identity between my Christianity and Japan's distinctive religious views.
My primary focus is creating visual art and installations by engaging in memory-evoking dialogues with various people. Eliciting an individual’s memories is often a complex undertaking, not only because they are sacrosanct to the individual but also because they are prone to sudden changes from outside factors such as one’s values, surrounding environment, and relationships with others. For me, dialogue has proven to be an effective means for invoking one’s memories. I hope to grasp the deeper meanings and intrinsic values hidden within these exchanges to express memories in a manner free of any preconceived paradigms.