ZAIDO

PhotographerYUKARI CHIKURA
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

This project is preservation of the 1300-year-old Japanese ritual festivity “Zaido.” Following a series of tragedies including my father’s sudden death, my own critical accident and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, I recalls how my father came to my in a dream with the words: “Go to the village hidden deep in the snow where I lived.” And so I set off on a restorative pilgrimage to northeast Japan (the first of numerous journeys), which resulted in this project. I arrived at the village, surreally silver in the snow and mist, and there discovered Zaido, where inhabitants from different villages gather each new year and conduct a ritual dance. The performers dedicate their sacred dance to the gods and undergo severe purifications.I depicts the cultural diversity of the participants as well as their common bond in creating collective memory and ensuring the survival of this ritual.

About Photographer

Yukari Chikura born in Tokyo, Japan. After graduated from music university, She become music composer,arranger and computer programmer. She is the WINNER of STEIDL BOOK AWARD 2016 and her work will be published from STEIDL. Her photograph selected as "Best of Show photographer 2013" (Lucie Foundation: IPA). She is one of the Photolucida Critical Mass TOP50 in 2015. She has gotten lots of awards ( 1st,2nd,3rd prize of International Photography Award, Photolucida Critical Mass, Sony World Photography Awards, PX3,FOCUS Photo l.a., National Geographic ,etc..) And she held "SOLO EXHIBITION" at 11 places in Japan ( Canon Gallery, Sony Gallery, Entre Deux) and group exhibition in lots of museum, gallery around the world. Some projects has collected in Griffin Museum in US and Bibliotheque national de France. 1 project will be collected in the Kiyosato museum of photographic arts (K*MoPA) "Best of Show photographer 2013" (Lucie Foundation: IPA). She is now artist in residence of Rokko International Photography Festival 2015. She participated “Review Santa Fe 2014” and “Eddie Adams Workshop 2014”.