Motoyuki Shitamichi (Japan-Naoshima)
Motoyuki Shitamichi grew up in a small village in Okayama, Japan until he was 10 years old. Back then, Shitamichi dreamed of becoming an archaeologist. He had a unique feeling when he saw the fragments of the past becoming part of the soil. Such an experience also evoked the memory of his school being evicted by heavy equipment.
In 2001, after graduating from Musashino Art University, he started his debut project which eventually took 4 years. He traced the relics of World War II found in apartment and residential areas. Following the project, he continued his creative journey exploring the Okinawa Islands and across Asia. In 2020, he decided to go back to his homeland in the Setouchi region and start a new project.