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Satoshi Dáte: Love and Art

For Satoshi Dáte, working as an artist is not a job – it’s a labor of love. With each new addition to his highly eclectic lineup of creations, he is piecing together elements of the world around him. “I just wanted to create things deeper," says Dáte. "I would like to pursue what the human being can do; love and art."

Akiko Shinzato. The Other You

For some people, jewelry is a superficial pleasure, and for others, it’s a means to convey status and hierarchy. However, for contemporary jewelry designer Akiko Shinzato, the purpose of her work is twofold: boldness and excitement. We caught up with the designer at her studio in Okinawa to learn more about her practice.

Lee Lee Chan. Object Healer

The sculptures of Hong Kongese artist Lee Lee Chan offer an opportunity to question past and present ideas associated with objects, learn how value is assign to them, and examine their place in modern culture.

Sugano Matsusaki. True Identity

Coming from Okinawa, a place with a turbulent past, Berlin-based artist Sugano Matsusaki has an innate fascination with the history of her culture and its many incarnations over the years. It drives her art — propels it forward.

Charwei Tsai. Healing Harmonies

Charwei Tsai’s latest series of works tells the sung stories of people living far from home in precarious living conditions and uncertain legal status. Together with her partner and filmmaker Tsering Tashi Gyalthang, they visited marginalized communities in Nepal, in the UK, and in Taiwan, recording voices of sorrow and longing, but also of hope.

Chikako Yamashiro. Truth Seeker, Hope Giver

Okinawan artist Chikako Yamashiro draws from contemporary social issues, nature, and some of her homeland's deepest historical scars, in particular, the Second World War, to create work that kindles hope in the hearts of oppressed peoples around the world.

Hiromi Tsuha. The Nomadic Intruder

Although much of Hiromi Tsuha’s work is strikingly different, there’s one central theme that is always present. From reconstructing her father’s house to recreating the homes of her friends on the steppes of Mongolia, these pieces of art all tell a similar tale. They are symbolic of home.

Mao Ishikawa. Loving Freely, Living Freely

Mao Ishikawa's latest autobiographical collection, Red Flower, gives us a candid glimpse of life as she knew it between 1975 and 1977 in Okinawa when occupation forces, the U.S military, brought not only arms and guns, but a taste of what life could be should the locals live without conforming to their cultural environment.

Takashi Homma. Letting in the Light

For Japanese photographer Takashi Homma, darkness is special in a world that "overflows with light." In his most recent book titled The Narcissistic City, he goes back to the past, to the origins of photography, to explore and question the role of the photographer in image-making.

Seiko Kinoshita. Slow, Easy Lifestyle

“If you are too busy, you can’t see everything, and you miss a lot of things,” says textile artist Seiko Kinoshita. Much of Seiko’s work aligns with the notion that modern life is painfully fast-paced, and we ought to take all of it in more slowly.

Kohey Kanno. Kaleidoscope of Memories

Photographer Kohey Kanno understands how uniquely we remember the places we’ve once visited. He knows that there’s something immensely heavy about the spots we carry with us when we finally leave them. We cannot shake them.

Greg Girard. Hidden Places

Photographer Greg Girard's latest publication, Hotel Okinawa, is a pictorial study of the hidden qualities of Japan's southernmost island, focusing on the US military bases that “matter-of-factly,” the photographer says, shaped the island's social and physical landscape.

Kiyoaki Shinzato. Bridging Generations

Okinawan artist and designer Kiyoaki Shinzato looks deep into the natural environment to produce 'art-artifacts' that combine modern aesthetics and materials with the philosophical heritage of his ancestors. In this conversation, Shinzato offers insight into his work and aspirations.

Naoyuki Soyamax. Deep Encounters

For Okinawa-based live painter and calligraphy artist Naoyuki Soyamax, the fundamental value of his art lies in its ability to express the energy and essence of the people he meets. We met with the artist on the streets of Naha to talk about his practice.

Minoru Uehara. Not Only Beautiful

Minoru Uehara's work explores his desire to capture the oft-overlooked beauty in the familiar of everyday life. We caught up with the photographer at our artspace to talk about his recent exhibition and popular portrayals of Okinawa in commercial photography.

Ryuichi Ishikawa. Empathy and Confrontation

Ryuichi Ishikawa is a photographer from Okinawa, Japan. In this conversation, Ishikawa talks about his recent curatorial debut at the Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum and describes how approaches to art production in Okinawa have progressed since the reversion of Okinawa to Japanese rule.

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