Born 1966 in Fukui prefecture. Freelance editor and writer, formerly worked as an editor for the monthly magazine Kokoku Hihyo (Madra Publishing). Next to authoring the book David Bowie and Japan When I Met You 1947-2016 (DU Books), he was involved as an editor in a number of publications including 40 ymo by Kenji Miura (Kadokawa). At present he regularly writes for JBpress autograph (“Ongaku enso” https://autograph.ismedia.jp) and GQ Japan (“Kyoju dosei” https://www.gqjapan.jp).
Emily Wakeling is a writer and curator with experience in Japan, the UK and Australia. In Tokyo, she worked as an editor for Tokyo Art Beat and as an adjunct lecturer at Joshibi University of Art & Design and Kanagawa University. She was the Assistant Curator for the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Her art writing has been included in numerous art journals including Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts, Art Monthly Australasia, ArtAsiaPacific and ArtReview Asia. Emily is currently undertaking a PhD at Queensland University of Technology.
Erika Kobayashi (writer and comics artist) Erika Kobayashi (1978–) is a writer, comics artist and artist currently based in Tokyo. From 2008 to 2009 she was invited to New York as an Asian Cultural Council Fellow. Kobayashi has authored the novel “Madame Curie to choshoku wo” (Breakfast with Madame Curie, 2014), which was nominated for Japan’s most prestigious literary awards, the Mishima Yukio Prize and the Akutagawa Prize in 2014. Other works by Kobayashi include the manga/graphic novel “Hikari no kodomo 1,2LUMINOUS” (Children of Light: Luminous, 2013, 2016), which traces the history of the atom and of radiation.
Curator at the Yokohama Museum of Art, curatorial head at the Yokohama Triennale 2020.
Has been curating exhibitions of mainly contemporary art, such as the recent “Hanran: 20th-Century Japanese Photography” (National Gallery of Canada, 2019‐2020) and “Showa Portraits: Tracing the People and History of the Showa Era through Photography” (Arts Maebashi, 2018). Exhibitions curated at the Yokohama Museum of Art include “BODY/PLAY/POLITICS” (2016), and one-man shows of works by Yoshitomo Nara (2012), Tadasu Takamine (2011), Tabaimo (2009‐10), Teppei Kaneuji (2009) and GOTH (2007‐08).
Art journalist. Holds a Master’s Degree from Tokyo University of the Arts with a major in Art. Part-time lecturer of the Joshibi University of Art, the Kokugakuin University and the Tokyo University of the Arts. Author of “The Secret of Western Paintings” (Asahi Press Co., Ltd.), and has co-authored many books including “Western Museum”, “Weekly Museum” (Shogaukan Inc.), “History of Nude in Art” (Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha Co., Ltd.), “The Book that helps you Understand Contemporary Art” (Yousensha Co., Ltd.), etc.. Traslator of ” A Concise History of Modern Sculpture ” by H. Read (Gensousha Ltd.), ” Urban Space Art ” by C. Grout (Kajima Institute Publishing Co., Ltd), ” Art & Telematics ” by R. Ascott (NTT Publishing Co., Ltd), ” Leonardo Da Vinci ” by M · Kemp (Otsukishoten), ” But is this art? ” by C .Freeland (Brucke Publishing Inc.) etc..
Photographer. While continuing to traverse the boundary between art and documentary with large-format photographs (such as 8×10) projecting unique images on topical subjects, in recent years he has been focusing on the distinctive landscapes of polar regions in Alaska and Iceland, photographing glaciers, pipelines, and “gold rush” related motifs. Received the Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan in 2004, and a fellowship for overseas study from the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2011. The photo book Pipeline Iceland / Alaska(Kodansha, 2013), a compilation of early works, won the Higashikawa New Photographer Award in 2014. He also won the Steidl Book Award Japan in 2016 and will publish his new book Gold Rush Alaska from Steidl, Germany, later in 2018.