Contemporary Arts


Born 1965 in Hyogo Prefecture (Japan), based in London.

After graduating with a photography degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1989, in 1991 she obtained an MA from London's Royal College of Art. Known for photographs taking as their theme the invisible memories and history latent in places that have experienced trauma such as war, disaster or regime change, Yoneda has received critical acclaim at numerous international exhibitions including a solo outing at the Hara Museum in 2008, the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, and the Yokohama Triennale in 2005 and 2011.
The works of Yoneda, who started studying photography with a photojournalism career in mind, are underpinned by scrupulous objectivity. Like her other series, the captions for the series 《 A Decade After 》 composed of ten black and white photos taken around Kobe, next to Yoneda's home, straight after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995, and eight large-format color photos taken in the neighboring city of Ashiya in 2004, immediately point to the significance of the places in question, evoking ten years of time and memories. Herein one may perceive Yoneda's consistent viewpoint: rather than taking the detached perspective of an observer, she traces the tracks and memories of the past that span the space between visible and invisible, and decodes them to question our own existence and contemporaneity. The images captured on film are interpreted subjectively by the viewer, but the negative history is not extinguished. By taking a second look at Yoneda's photos, the viewer confronts in them absent time.

  《 River (view of earthquake regeneration housing project from a river flowing through a former location of evacuees' temporary accommodation) 》 2004
courtesy of ShugoArts
Aritist List