Utako Shindo

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Utako Shindo


Utako Shindo (Born in Tokyo, 1980) is an artist working internationally in the poetics of untranslatability. Her art employs the processes of ‘transfer’ (‘utsuru’ in Japanese, indicating variants on ‘transfer’: trace, reflect, project and emerge), which are manifested as drawing, print, photograph and video, often together form an installation work.
Based on her research and creative residencies in the USA and Japan, her latest solo exhibition, Meeting and Greeting Like Shadows, held both online and onsite (Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo), presented a body of new work that explores ‘shadow’ in nuanced shade/light (Nohtan) and lines drawn as they ‘transfer’ between darkness and light.
Before completing her interdisciplinary Ph.D. (2013-2017) through the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Ideas, Shindo obtained her BFA, majoring in Drawing (2006) and MFA (2008) through the Victorian College of the Arts, Australia. She has actively exhibited her drawing/photo and video-based installation since 2003. She has also directed the multifaceted collaborative project, Immanent Landscape (2010-2012) in Japan and Australia.


Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

2013-2017
Ph.D, The Centre for Ideas, Faculty of the VCA&MCM, The University of Melbourne
2007-2008
Master of Fine Art by Research, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
2003-2006
Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Honours), The Victorian College of the Arts
2001
Art Preview Course, Bunsai Art College, Tokyo

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021
Meeting and Greeting Like Shadows, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo
2020
Attitude and State of Mind (Open Studio Exhibition), Forde Visser Archive Southwest, Santa Fe, USA
2018
Reminiscent of long gone by, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
2017
束の間の、つなぎのようなもの - That is, like a brief moment to be filled, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2016
ここがどこなのか_ where it is here_どうでもいいことさ_it does not matter_どうやって来たのか_how I have got here_忘れられるかな_can I forget, Sutton Gallery Project Space, Melbourne
2015
Mokudoku-目読, Hagiso Art, Tokyo
2014
Destancing for Opening, Perimeter, Melbourne
2013
Pensé en ir de alguna manera - Somehow I thought I'd go, Museo Taller Erasto Cortes, Puebla, Mexico
2013
understanding of misunderstanding, SLOPE, Tokyo
2010
Tsumurumitsumeru-BEHOLD, Youkobo ART SPACE, Tokyo
2009
Miru Milieu -See Site-, Sutton Gallery Project Space, Melbourne
2009
Platform for Performance, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
2009
Waves in the Sea, White Street Project, Frankston
2008
Oscillating landscape, West Space, Melbourne & The Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane
2008
Feet through, Conical, Melbourne, Melbourne
2006
A summer daydream, Victoria Park Gallery, Melbourne

GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS

2018
geography of space, archaeology of time, with Izabela Pluta, curated by Allison Holland, Australian Centre for Photography Project Space Gallery, Sydney
2018
The 6th Bus Editions Exhibition, Bus Projects, Melbourne
2018
postscript/追伸, with Stephen Palmer, Boxcopy, Brisbane
2018
2018 CCP Fundraiser: the Art of Collecting, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2017
unJapan, curated by Philip Brophy, KANZAN Gallery, Tokyo
2017
Deep Surface, curated by Adrien Allen, Five Walls Projects, Footscray
2017
未来への視座 Vision For Future [17] [noise], gallery TEN, Tokyo / Artspace Mooni, Morioka
2017
Shadow Worlds, Creative Arts Gallery, University of Wollongong, Wollongong
2017
9 x 5 NOW, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne
2017
ALIEN/S, curated by Kiron Robinson for PLAY2 (BLINDSIDE Satelite Project), Federation Square, Melbourne
2017
Phantasmagoria, Bogong Center for Sound Culture, Bogong
2016
CCP Salon 2016, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2015
未来への視座 Vision For Future [15] [element], gallery TEN, Tokyo / Artspace Mooni, Morioka
2014
Topologies of Sexual Difference, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
2013
BankART Artist in Residence OPEN STUDIO 2013, BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama
2013
Finalist presentation for Kawaguchi City New Artists Award, Kawaguchi City Art Gallery ATLIA
2012
Living Everyday by Art, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo
2010-2012
Immanent Landscape, West Space, 2010 / Oyama City Kurumaya Museum, 2011 / Japan Foundation Gallery Sydney, 2012
2011
Galaxy Garden, Sutton Gallery Project Space, Melbourne
2011
Tree Line, Level ARI, Brisbane
2009
Eco Living Festival, Avoca Project, Avoca & Sustainable Fusion Reactions, Ballarat University, Ballarat
2009
Peripheral, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne
2007
Polar, VCA Margaret Laurence Gallery, Melbourne

RESIDENCIES

2020 Dec. -2021 Feb.
Youkobo Art Space Residency, Tokyo
2019 Mar. -2020 Feb.
The Forde Visser Archive South West, Santa Fe, USA
2017
Bundanon Trust (Bundanon, NSW), Australia
2016
Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, supported Residency (Bogong), Australia
2014-15
Aplus Studio Residency program (Warabi), Saitama
2013
Arquetopia Residency program (Puebla), Mexico
2013
BankART Studio Residency, BankART NYK, Yokohama
2010
Youkobo Art Space Gallery Residency, Tokyo
2009
University of Ballarat Art Residency in association with AVOCA project, coordinated by Jill Orr and Lyndal Jones, Australia

CURATION&COORDINATION

2012
Living Everyday by Art, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo
2011
Galaxy Garden, Sutton Gallery Project Space, Melbourne
2010-2012
Immanent Landscape, West Space (Melbourne), Oyama City Kurumaya Museum (Japan) & Japan Foundation Gallery (Sydney)

PUBLICATION

2017
Understanding of Misunderstanding: Embodying the Untranslatable in Art, The International Journal of the Image, Issue 2 - Volume 8, (The Image_ Common ground research network, 2017)
2016
The Untranslatable, a Poetic Place, in the exhibition catalogue, ここがどこなのか_ where it is here_どうでもいいことさ_it does not matter_どうやって来たのか_how I have got here_忘れられるかな_can I forget
2011
The place where Immanent Landscape is, in the exhibition catalogue Immanent Landscape Kurumaya Museum of Art, Oyama
2010
Feet through: Artistic Practice between Space and Place, in the E-journal Intersections-Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific issue.23 Australian National University

PAPER PRESENTATION & Public Talk

2020
「アグネス・マーティンの芸術実践における 「Innocence」の概念について——映像作品《ガブリエル》(1976)の再解釈を通して」、第2回表象文化論学会オンライン研究フォーラム
2020
Subtle shades draw an opening path: the poetic work of Agnes Martin’s art, St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, USA
2019
Artist Talks: Winter Edition, (organized by ‘Artist Talks’/Nick West), Good Heavens British Bar Tokyo, Tokyo
2017
Transference in art, Japanese Studies Association of Australia Conference 2017, Wollongong, Australia
2016
Shadowlight, 2016, Australia Society for Continental Philosophy Conference, Melbourne
2016
The Untranslatable, a Poetic Place, PhD Completion seminar, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne
2016
On 'Architecture in Translation: worlds to words’, at monthly public forum PROCESS, Loop Bar, Melbourne
2015
The Second University Tokyo Workshop on Philosophy of Perception, Tokyo
2015
The Translation and Intercultural Research Seminar Series, Monash University, Melbourne
2014
The Topologies of Sexual Difference Luce Irigaray Circle Conference, Melbourne
2014
The 5th International Image Conference, Berlin
2014
VCA/MCM (the University of Melbourne) Post Graduate Symposium, Melbourne

GRANTS, AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

2021
Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, COVID-19 resilient fund
2018-19
Japanese fellow, Japan-United States Exchange Friendship Program in the Arts
2018-19
Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists
2016
The Australian Artists' Grant, National Association For The Visual Arts
2016
Best Landscape Award, Center for Contemporary Photography Salon 2016
2013
Australian Postgraduate Award
2013
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico, Scholarship for Art Creation
2013
Shortlisted for Kawaguchi City New Artists Awards (Japan)
2011
Australia-Japan Foundations Funding for Immanent Landscape Project
2010
City of Melbournes Art Project Grant & Arts Victorias Presentation Grant
2009
Finalist for Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship
2008
Japan Foundation Sydney, Local Grants
2007-2008
Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarships (MIFRS)
2006
Athenaeum Club Visual Award (acquisition)

COLLECTIONS

  • Epworth Hospital Art Collection
  • Athenaeum Club Collection
  • Private collections

BIBLIOGRAPHY

中尾英恵
'1本の線の中に内在するもの'、Meeting and Greeting Like Shadows 展特設ウェブ、2021
Linda Swanson
'Bending Over Shadows: lengthening and lingering the line,' Meeting and Greeting Like Shadows 展特設ウェブ、2021
Linda Swanson
'Attitude,' Forde Visser Archive Newsletter, June Issue, 2020
Melissa Miles & Robin Gester
'CROSS-CULTURAL (MIS)UNDERSTANDINGS: INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHY SINCE THE 1980s' in Pacific Exposures -photography and the Australia-Japan Relationship, Australian National University Press, Canberra, 2018, pp191
Kathleen Linn
'Geography of Space, Archaeology of Time, Izabela Pluta & Utako Shindo', Art+Australia Online (Discussions / Discursions), Dec 2018
Angela Connor
'Interview with Utako Shindo’, online publication Fierce Latitude, May 2017
Dan Rule
'Poetic gestures reward the patient audience’review in The Age Newspaper, 01/04/16, Melbourne
Dr. Katsuhiko Suganuma
‘Art of [dis]-articulation’,
exhibition catalogue, Sutton Project, 2016, Melbourne
Dr. Yoko Akama
‘Attuning to MA(between-ness) in designing’, The 13th Participatory Design Conference Vol.2, ACM: New York, 2014, pp.21-24
Julie Davies & Alex Lizkalla
retrospective publication
Hosting: Ocular Lab Inc. 2003-2010, 2012, Melbourne
Paul Nolan
Immanent Landscape, Arts Hub, 31/03/2012
Dan Rule
Artists Scour an Immanent Landscape, Broadsheet, 30/03/2012
Ren Fukuzumi
Immanent Landscape, DNP Museum Information Japan artscape, 14/10/2011
Hanae Nakao
The expanding Immanent Landscape, exhibition catalogue Immanent Landscape, September 2011
Hisako Hara
The people who created an Immanent Landscape, exhibition catalogue Immanent Landscape, September 2011
Dan Rule
The Galaxy Garden, The Age, 14/05/2011 & Immanent Landscape, The Age, A2 Issue, 28/08/2010
Dimple Rajagle
performance, un Magazine Issue 3.1 2009
Din Heagney & Helen Hughes
Interview: Lyndal Jones, Jill Orr, Utako Shindo, Bindi Cole & Ash Keating, un Magazine Issue 4.1 2009
Gordon Craig
untitled, Queensland Centre for Photography Exhibition Catalogue, July 2008
Frances Johnson
Diorama Disquiet, The Age, 06/06/08
Vera Mackie
Secret Skies, Shared Skies, exhibition catalogue Oscillating Landscape, May 2008

COMMITTEES

2007-2010
Programming Committee Member of West Space, Melbourne

SELECTED WORK EXPERIENCE

2018
Adjunct lecturer at Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo
2013~
Freelance Interprater and Translater for art related public talks and publications
2011-2013
Assistant cordinator for Gallery and Residency Programs, Youkobo ART SPACE, Tokyo
2011-2013
Coordinator for Port Journey Yokoham-Melbourne, ZOU-NO-HANA TERRACE (Yokohama) & West Space (Melbourne)
2011
Assistant producer for Alexander Kershaws project Fantasticology Tokyo: Faults, Flesh and Flowers, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo
2009
Assistant translator in preparation of Alex Rizkallas project for Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial 2009, Niigata
2006
Interpreting artists talks and volunteering for Rapt! 20 Contemporary Artists from Japan, Melbourne
2002-2008
Assisting Mizuma Gallery (Tokyo) 02 & 04, MEM Gallery (Osaka) 08, at Melbourne International Art Fair