Biosphere 2 Artist-In-Residence

Yozo Takada

Yozo Takada hails from Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. He currently works in Tokyo and manages SheepStudio. Yozo studied at Tsukuba University and received a Fellowship for Overseas Study from the Japanese government in 2008-09 to photograph in the United States. His work has been widely exhibited in Japan including at Place M (M2 Gallery), Nihonbashi Institute of Contemporary Arts, and the Sapporo International Art Festival. His work has been exhibited in the Joseph Gross Gallery at University of Arizona, United Photo Industries in New York, and Workspace Gallery in Lincoln.

For more information about Yozo Takada, visit: www.sheepphoto.com

Project Statement

Yozo Takada’s landscape photographs are a mixture of documentary and fiction. By researching the mutual relationship of people and the environment, he studies how people are influenced by their environment and how they change their environment in order to clarify the mechanism of landscape formation through photography. He selects photographic subjects carefully and invite the viewers into his landscapes where the fictions and realities are assembled inseparably. His static landscape photographs employ a private perspective as well as a bird’s-eye view. An individual and a society, memory and history, and life and environment: His photographs remind viewers that there are various perspectives to interpret the landscape and the interpretation depends on each viewer’s perspective. Understanding the landscape requires a creative process.

He has created several series, including Windscape, which focuses on wind turbines throughout Japan, Simscape, which focuses on a laboratory known as “mini-earth” that studies the ecosystem in northern Japan, and Moshiri, which focuses on a small and abandoned island where his grandmother was born. Moshiri is a long-term project that will last until the last inhabitant has gone from this island. His first series created in the US in 2008 is known as In Our Nature, which focuses on three experimental sites to research the alternative environments: Biosphere 2Arcosanti, and Manhattan. Through the comparison of these built environments, he attempts to reveal the potential of how people cultivate their new environments.

In 2018, he follows up his past work on Biosphere 2. After an interval of 10 years, he photographs same places inside Biosphere 2 from the same angle as he did in order to clarify the process of the alteration. Focusing on the process, he aims to regard his landscapes as the changing phases of the mutual relationship of people and the environment.

Selected images of Biosphere 2: