Yukiko Nishino

MFA ’16 Film/Video

Add a flower.”

We don’t know who in Japan started saying it, but some people still say it when a woman joins a group of men.

The Empress Michiko (a member of the Imperial House of Japan) raised her daughter as a princess. My grandmother was a big fan of the Empress, and she wanted me to grow up like the Imperial Princess. “Keep smiling in front of a man. Don’t talk too much,” my grandmother always said. “Keep smiling” is a tough thing to do sometimes, especially when we have periods, diseases of the womb, and other problems. We don’t want to smile; we wish to scream, but we cannot, especially in front of men. When there are only women, we feel free. Laughing with loud voices, arguing about male co-workers and crying for each other.

In this video, I tried to make fake digital flowers by capturing flower videos projected on the wall. They look like beautiful and attractive flowers, but they are untouchable; they are just imitations.

When I was 27 years old, I felt my situation, environment and even my own history were untouchable. The age of 27 is the magic time between girls and grown-ups. We can protect ourselves, and we leave our girlhood behind.

Yukiko Nishino is an artist who focuses mainly on concepts of female personality in her video works. Nishino earned a BFA from the Filmmaking School at Osaka University of Arts (OUA) and an MFA in Film and Video at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her own visual and conceptual language emerges from her awareness of the subconscious mind in regards to female identity. She currently lives and works in Tokyo.