Mami Kiyoshi was born 1974 in Saitama, Japan. After obtaining her diploma from Musashino Art Academy, and after numerous exhibitions in her own country, China and Europe, She received a Japanese government grant for further study in Europe.
Mami Kyoshi affirms that she wants to bear witness to her epoch. To do this she rejects the neutral stance and the self-proclaimed authenticity of the spontaneous situation. Her choice is, on the contrary, to make the people she photographs tell their own story, in assuming the idea that traces of a certain truth reside also, and perhaps above all, in fables, myths and anecdotes created by the people themselves: a testimony where subjectivity is not only accepted, but affirmed as a means of access to the history of a society.
“I’m interested in stories, which are always told by someone, whether the story is a myth, a tale or an anecdote. Photography allows me to plumb the depths of personalities and their surroundings to recreate stories. I try to make the models look like Buddhas, primitive gods or heroes.”