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 
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  Solo Exhibition "Shapeshifter," White Rainbow, London
2018  "Azamino Contemporary vol.9 Uncertain Landscape," Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino,  Kanagawa
2018  "The Special Exhibition of the 70th anniversary of Jeju April 3rd massacre : Post Trauma," Jeju Museum of Art, Korea
2018  "Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018," National Museum of Singapore
2017  Solo Exhibition "The Sea of Being," RENEMIA, Okinawa
2016  "From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art," Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, USA
2016  "SEVEN JAPANESE ROOMS," Fondazione Carispezia, La Spezia, Italy
2016  Solo Exhibition "The Beginning of Creation: Abduction/ A Child," Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room, Tokyo
2016  "Aichi Triennale," the former Meiji-ya Sakae Building
2015  "The 8th Asian Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art," Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
2015  "East Asia Feminism: FANTasia," Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea
2012  "Women In between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012," Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Mie Prefectural Art Museum 
2012  "MAM Project 018: Chikako Yamashiro," Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2010  "Radiant Moments” The New Snapshot Contemporary Japanese Photography, vol.9, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
2010  Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions: "Searching Songs," Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography 

2020  "Tokyo Contemporary Art Award 2020-2022"
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
2017 "Asian Art Award 2017 supported by Warehouse TERRADA," Grand 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