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All About My Mother

Miyako Ishiuchi

by Christopher Y. Lew

Mother's #42, 2001, Silver gelatin print. Courtesy Sepia International.

Mother's #33, 2001, color photograph. Courtesy Sepia International.

The Japan Pavilion at the 2005 Venice Biennale steps away from the large sculptural installations that frequently clutter international art events and returns to the romantic notion of the artist, an individual with a unique vision that addresses broad cultural and societal concerns. Miyako Ishiuchi's photographic series, "Mother's"(2001-05) which will show at Venice this year, conflates personal biography with feminist critique, portraiture and documentary…

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