About

Shino Yanai is an artist who creates installations using performance, video, photography and sound. She studied classical music early in life and Japanese painting before studied contemporary art. Her practice uses humour to explore concepts of historical trauma. 

Education

2016–18 MA Photography, Royal College of Art (Distinction by Dissertation)
2010–12 MA Inter Media Art, Tokyo University of the Arts
2004–10 MA / BA Japanese Painting, Tama Art University
2004 Animation course, Image Forum Institute of Moving Image
1998–2002 BA Music, Kobe College (Instrumental music, Piano major)

Awards and Grants

2017–18 Fellowship of Overseas Study Programme for Artists, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan 
2016 Grant from the Nomura Foundation (Walter Benjamin Portbou Project)
2014–15 Fellowship of grant from the POLA Art Foundation (hosted by Tomoko Yoneda)
2018 Photography Prize (Degree Show 2018, Royal College of Art), judged by Sarah McCroy (Director, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art )
2017 International Public Art Short Film Contest nominated “Art Public – Now you see me” Louvre museum (Paris)
2012 Yuka Uematsu Prize (Curator, The National Museum of Art, Osaka), Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2012 

Talks and Workshops

2019 “Nationalism and Death” (conversation with Dr. Yoshitaka Mouri, Kazuko Koike) Sagacho Archives (Tokyo)
2018 “Art, Politics and Censorship in Japan and beyond” Sainsbury institute for the study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (Norwich)
2018 Artist Talk, Camberwell College of Art and Design (London)
2016 “Crisis youth get creative: ‘Young Generations in Japan and Europe: Crisis, Mobility and Creativity’ workshop” Sainsbury institute for the study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (Norwich)
2016 Artist Talk “Blue Passages” (conversation with Dr Jonathan Whitewall), Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation (London)
2014 “Madness Plays as Metaphor” (conversation related to solo exhibition ‘ghost self’ with Professor Seiichi Tsuchiya, Dr. Yoshitaka Mouri), monshirop – Facility of Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo)
2014 “Art and Nation” (guest lecture hosted by Professor Seiichi Tsuchiya), Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts (Okinawa)



Exhibitions and Performances

2019 “Creation and Technique” Pola Museum Annex (Toyko)
2019 “3331 Art Fair 2019” 3331 Arts Chiyoda - Main Gallery (Toyko)
2019 Solo exhibition “The Deep End” Sagacho Archives (Tokyo)
2018 “TBCTV” Somerset House - Lancaster Room (London) 
2018 “The Sky has No Surface” 10a Bridge Street Car park (Berwick-Upon-Tweed)
2018 “Phantom Limb” Corsica Studio (London)
2018 “A Point of No Return | Anthropocene Entity” White Conduit Projects (London)
2017 Mediarc International Festival of Architecture “Proiezioni sezione Festival Internazionale NowYouSeeMe! Parigi 2017”  Le Murate Progetti Arte Contemporanea (Florence)
2017 Performance “Happening and Surveillance; Cut Piece” in collaboration  with Mikito Tateisi, Photography Project Space, Royal College of Art (London)
2017 Offprint London, Art Publishing Fair Turbine Hall, Tate Modern (London)
2017 International Public Art Short Film Contest nominated // Journées internationales du film sur l'art, 10e édition “Art Public – Now you see me” Louvre museum - Auditrium (Paris)
2016 Solo exhibition “Blue Passages” White Conduit Projects (London)
2016 Performance “The Blue Passages” Passages - Hommage to Walter Benjamin (Portbou, Spain)
2014 “Comedy and Menace” White Conduit Projects (London)
2014 “Anti – War : Resistance against the Anticipated War” SNOW Contemporary (Tokyo)
2014 “ego – Re-examining the Self –” punto (Kyoto)
2014 Performance and Solo exhibition “ghost self” monshirop – Facility of Tokyo University of the Arts, (Tokyo)
2013 “Brave New World – re-enchanting utopia” Aomori Museum of Art (Aomori)
2013 “WHAT WE SEE” The National Museum of Art (Osaka)
2012 “End of war in the decade of the 2010s” eitoeiko (Tokyo)
2012 “Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2012” Marunouchi-building (Tokyo)
2012 “GEIDAI SENTAN 2012” BankART Studio NYK (Yokohama)
2010 “TAMAVIVANⅡ 2010” Daikanyama Sedona (Tokyo)/ Parthenon Tama (Tokyo)/ Tama Art University (Tokyo)
2009 “NIHONGA : New Traditions” Dillon Gallery (New York)
2008 “International Art&Design Critiques” Tsinghua University (Beijing)

Dissertations

2017 The Deep End – Death and Ritual –, dissertation, MA Photography, Royal College of Art, awarded a distinction
2012 The essence of Shooting and Placebo, MA Inter Media Art, Tokyo University of the Arts

Press

2016 El Punt Avui “The Blue Passages” by Pilar Parcerisas
2012 ART iT // Bijutsutecho  “End of war in the decade of the 2010s” by Adrian Favell