Makiko Ui is a Tokyo-based photographer who has been pursuing the lives of the Ainu of Japan, an indigenous people with a distinct language, religion and culture. Striving to capture the forgotten lives of the Ainu for 20 years, Ui's ethnographic photographs act as captivating yet sensitive accounts of the history and people, and have led her to receive the âSpecial Photographer Award' for her exhibition and book âAinu: Portrait of the Wind' at the 28th Higashikawa Awards.
In this special illustrative talk, Ui will talk about her exclusive passion towards the Ainu as a subject matter and what she aims to achieve through documenting its people and culture. Joined in conversation with Dr Ricardo Leizaola, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London, they will also explore the various issues in dealing with, as a photographer, non-posing subjects which could be socially and ethnically marginalised, and to what degree these acts of documenting can be shared with an anthropological approach.
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