GIFT by Mari Katayama

Presenting the first book of Mari Katayama (b. 1987, Gunma, Japan), Gift is a retrospective of her past works and evolution as an artist. Born with only two fingers on her left hand and tibial hemimelia, a rare deficiency in which one leg bone is absent, Katayama amputated both her legs at the age of nine, and has since then transcend her condition by works she creates with her prosthetics, intricately embroidered objects and also self-portrait photography, using her own body as a living sculpture.

With text contribution by Simon Baker, director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, Gift will be published concurrently with Katayama’s first solo exhibition in Europe, at the White Rainbow Gallery (47 Mortimer Street, London) between 24 January – 2 March, 2019.

Mari Katayama

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Mari Katayama is born in Saitama, Japan in 1987 and raised in Gunma. She graduated from the Gunma Prefectural Women's University, before obtaining her MFA from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012. Major exhibitions include "Roppongi Crossing - My body, your voice" (2016, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo) and "Contemporary Japanese Photography vol 14: Photographs of Innocence and of Experience" (2017, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo).

  • Book title: Gift

  • First edition 2,500 copies

  • Release date: January 2019

  • Artist / Photographer: Mari Katayama

  • Publisher / Editor: Masa Sugatsuke

  • Editor: Joyce Lam

  • Text: Simon Baker (Director, Maison Européenne de la Photographie)

  • Book Design: Simon Dara

  • Printing & Binding: SunM Color Co., Ltd.

  • Details: A4 size / hard cover / foil stamp emboss / 136 pages / bilingual text

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