Entry Title: "KABCHROME"
Name: YUKARI CHIKURA , Japan
Category and Expertise: Portrait|Culture, Professional


Entry Description: I wanted to express "the passage of time", "the change of facial expression" into one photo. And I am creating a picture like "Ukiyo-e" ," Nihon-ga(Japanese style painting)" or oil painting with my camera work. My camera is like a brush to drawing picture. I made a newly-coined word "KABSTRUCT". This means "KABUKI", "ABSTRUCT" and "STRUCT". Kabuki is a Japanese traditional theatre form. I would like to express passion, beauty, sadness and joy of Japanese heart. * Kabuki is a Japanese traditional theatre form, which originated in the Edo period at the beginning of the seventeenth century and was particularly popular among townspeople. Originally, both men and women acted in Kabuki plays, but eventually only male actors performed the plays: a tradition that has remained to the present day. Male actors specialized in women’s roles are called onnagata. Two other major role types are aragoto (rough style) and wagoto (soft style). Kabuki plays are about historical events and moral conflict in relationships of the heart. The actors speak in a monotone voice and are accompanied by traditional instruments. The Kabuki stage is equipped with several gadgets, such as revolving stages and trapdoors through which the actors can appear and disappear. Another speciality of the Kabuki stage is a footbridge (hanamichi) that extends into the audience. Important characteristics of Kabuki theatre include its particular music, costumes, stage devices and props as well as specific plays, language and acting styles, such as the mie, in which the actor holds a characteristic pose to establish his character. Keshÿ, the particular make-up, provides an element of style easily recognizable even by those unfamiliar with the art form.

About the Artist:

Yukari Chikura born in Tokyo, Japan. After graduated from music university, She become music composer,arranger and computer programmer. She is the WINNER of STEIDL BOOK AWARD 2016 and her work will be published from STEIDL. Her photograph selected as "Best of Show photographer 2013" (Lucie Foundation: IPA). She is one of the Photolucida Critical Mass TOP50 in 2015. She has gotten lots of awards ( 1st,2nd,3rd prize of International Photography Award, Photolucida Critical Mass, Sony World Photography Awards, PX3,FOCUS Photo l.a., National Geographic ,etc..) And she held "SOLO EXHIBITION" at 11 places in Japan ( Canon Gallery, Sony Gallery, Entre Deux) and group exhibition in lots of museum, gallery around the world. Some projects has collected in Griffin Museum in US and Bibliotheque national de France. 1 project will be collected in the Kiyosato museum of photographic arts (K*MoPA) "Best of Show photographer 2013" (Lucie Foundation: IPA). She is now artist in residence of Rokko International Photography Festival 2015. She participated “Review Santa Fe 2014” and “Eddie Adams Workshop 2014”.