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  • Aug 17, 2018

Okinawa Soul: Profile of Mao Ishikawa

Portrait of MAO ISHIKAWA. All images courtesy Nap Gallery, Tokyo.

Okinawa native Mao Ishikawa was raised during the post-war United States occupation of the archipelago. Since the mid-1970s, she has been scrutinizing the power structures that have shaped her birthplace. Through her extensive photography-based practice, she tackles the ongoing presence of US military bases on Okinawa and the islands’ sovereignty—issues that continue to affect inhabitants.