Born in Okinawa in 1976.
Graduated with an MA in Environmental Design, Graduate School of Formative Arts from Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts in 2002.

Recent exhibitions 
2021 "Yamashiro Chikako: Reframing the land / mind / body-scape," Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
2020 "Listen to Her Song," (The Chinretsukan Gallery, Tokyo University of the Arts)
2019  "Image Narrative, Literature in Japanese Contemporary Art 2019," The National Art Center, Tokyo 
2018  "Kyoto Experiment 2018: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Mud Man (Exhibition)", "And I Go through You (Performance)," Kyoto Art Center 
2018  "Shapeshifter," White Rainbow, London

2022 "The New Face Award, the 72nd Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts"
2020 "The 31st Takashimaya Art Award," Takashimaya Cultural Foundation
2018 "64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen," ZONTA Prize
2018 "The Asian Art Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018," nominated as Signature Art Prize

About works / performance

Exploring marginalized voice, body and soul in East Asia region, my works have addressed the subject of identity, border between life and death and metabolism of historical memory. The geo-political situation and history of Okinawa, where I was born and raised, have given strong motivation and parameters in my artistic practice. I have attempted to deliver overheard/looked voices and body of oppressed people and soul and to find the way of reconciliation between nature and human, and Self and the Other through my poetic image and narrative. I have used photography and video for works using my body and other people's bodies because I believe that they can fuse the border between reality and imagination as well as generate multiple meanings between the image and the audience. Experimenting different film making techniques, such as recycling of found footages, employing voice performance and using multi-channel screens, I continuously challenge to develop potential of moving image and its performability.

Chinbin Western – Representation of the Family, 2019, video 
 ⓒ Chikako Yamashiro, Courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associates

Mud Man, 2016 version, 3-channel high-definition video installation  

in cooperation with Aichi Triennale 2016
 ⓒ Chikako Yamashiro, Courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associates

The Beginning of Creation, Abduction / A child, 2015, video
 ⓒ Chikako Yamashiro, Courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associates

Sinking Voices, Red Breath, 2010, video
 ⓒ Chikako Yamashiro, Courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associates