This exhibition will show Chiba’s two current works.
One is her cyanotype photograph series of “My father’s house” that her continues to document for about 20 years her family’s degrading farm in Towa-town in Iwate.
The second new work is “Northern Lights” which photographed with her pinhole cameras in northern part of Finland. During her stay in Finland last year, she was deeply impressed there meeting the people who live in respect for nature and their thinking how to pass down their traditional culture for the future.
Also, she researched the culture and identity of regional communities of Finland and photographed the traditional culture and the landscape. When she visited Lappish village called Mutenia, the story of deep connection between the inhabitants and the natural landscape in the past, came to her mind. While taking pictures using pinhole cameras, she tried to imagine the view of the place in the past. In her works she would like to connect the rich folklore and nature that existed there before with the present landscape.
These two works will resonate each other, you would see the similar tradition of life, the cultures and its backgrounds of the Tohoku region and the northern part of Finland together with her essays.
The Gallery of Yorozu Tetsugoro Museum “Hatcho – dozo gallery”