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Nine Yamamoto-Masson

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Theory/research, conceptual art, curating


Nine Eglantine Yamamoto-Masson is a French-Japanese curator, scholar and artist currently based in Berlin. She is a PhD candidate in Media Studies and Critical Theory at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (University of Amsterdam). Prior to that she received her education at the universities of Paris Sorbonne (Philosophy, Art history, Anglo-American Studies, specializing in post-colonial history and literature), Berlin Humboldt (Cultural Studies), London Goldsmiths (Contemporary Art Theory) and Tokyo Waseda (Japanese Studies).

She has produced and co-directed her first full-length documentary film on war photographers in 2007 and an essay film about the Fuji Five Lake region in Japan in 2008-2009. As part of her activities spanning theory and art practice, she has for instance worked with the International Necronautical Society and co-founded the artist collectives Channel Zero and The Panther Moderns. In 2010 she founded You Are Here, a curatorial platform that initiates and promotes dialogue between two local art scenes through exhibitions, collaborations between artists and curators and panel discussions, e.g. between Berlin and Tokyo in November 2011. Throughout 2011, fellow curator and artist Aily Nash and her curated and produced Kinema Nippon, a traveling series of screenings of experimental Japanese film and video art to benefit the disaster relief and reconstruction efforts in the Tohoku region.  In February / March 2012 she curated a experimental video program (titled Le Dépays) as part of the Marrakech Biennale (Morocco). She is currently preparing an upcoming group exhibition with fellow artist Mirak Jamal titled 2011111111111s. Together they are also contributors to the think-tank / exhibition project Global Revolutions, Local Contradictions (Berlin, Mindpirates, July-September 2011). 

About works / performance

Across multiple disciplines and collaborations, her work lingers on the fault lines of modern experience, often underlain by cultural or political strife as it examines theoretical constructions of space and place, physical and virtual, along with their experiences and representations in contemporary art and film. In research and practice she records and reinterprets perceptions of culturally charged spaces and moments understood as interfaces through which to approach the unsaid and unseen, bypassing dominant narratives.