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佐々木美智子 Michiko Sasaki
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日大闘争 1968-1969

The Student Power -The Student Movement of Japan in 1968-1969 at Nihon University College of Art
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1934
北海道・根室市生まれ
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カメラを片手に、60年代初頭から東京新宿で多くの才能が集った小さなバーを経営。一方で、全共闘が掲げた言葉の一つである「自己変革」に強く共感し、店の客であり日大闘争のリーダーであった秋山明大らが闘いに明け暮れていた日本大学芸術学部に身を置いて、学生の視点から見た紛争の日々を撮影した。それは歴史的記録ではなく、連帯感と躍動感に満ちた学生たちの素顔に恋をした写真家による「パーソナルストーリー」要素が強い作品群となっている。撮影当時は、学生たちの不利な証拠として残ることを恐れ公に発表することを控えていた佐々木による愛がつまった一冊となって、2009年に写真集を出版。学生運動終結後は、写真家であり続ける一方で、ブラジルのアマゾンで飲食店などを経営したり、日系人のために2万冊を蔵書する私設図書館を作るなど、数々の伝説を残している。破天荒で痛快なライフスタンスは今も健在で、現在83歳の佐々木は、傍らにカメラを置き、経営する新宿のバーで毎日店に立つ。
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■Movies / Participated as a steel photographer
2003
'Beautiful summer of Kirishima' by director of Kazuo Kuroki.
1990
'I am ready to shoot' by director of Koji Wakamatsu.
1974
'Ryoma assassination' by director of Kazuo Kuroki
(1974 'I will die someday' Independent production)
Born in 1934 in Nemuro-shi, Hokkaido, Japan.

Michiko married in 1953. She moved to Hokkaido Hakodate city.
She got divorced in 1954 and started working at the cabaret "Mikansei (incomplete)", then moved to Sapporo.
In 1956 April, She came down to Tokyo from Sapporo.
1959
She got a job at the editorial department of the Nikkatsu shooting center.
1961
She quit Nikkatsu shooting center and entered Tokyo Sogo Photographic College.
1963
Her first photo exhibition "Memory of the city" took place at Kinokuniya Gallery in Shinjuku.
1964
She graduated from Tokyo Sogo Photographic College.
1967 April,
Discovered unknown money of 2 billion yen at Nihon University. The Nihon University War starts. On May 23rd students of Faculty of Economics conducted a demonstration of 200 meters at Hakusan.
1967 on June 11th,
"Oppression of blood" criminal incident occurred. On September 30th, famous battle with the Nippon Bureau of Economic Cooperation. On November 12th, a riot police team enters the barricade of Nihon University's Faculty of Arts. During these period She opened a bar called "Musasabi" at Shinjuku Golden Street.
1969 on January 18th and 19th, the battlefield battle occurred at the Yasuda auditorium of the University of Tokyo. On February 11th, Victories of 50,000 students from the war of Japan university held meetings at the Chuo university courtyard.
1974
Kazuo Kuroki participated as a steel cameraman in the Ryoma assassination.
The movie "I Will die someday" voluntarily production.
1979 on January 15th
She moved to Brazil and covered Rio's carnival then traveled to Belem by bus.
1980
She starts Mimosa Pavilion in Manaus. Shooting situation Theater in Brazil.
1990
She participated as a steel photographer in director of Koji Wakamatsu's movie
'I am ready to shoot'.
1993
She came back to Japan from Brazil.
1994
She published "Going to Amazon form Shinjuku"
2003
She participated as a steel photographer in director of Kazuo Kuroki's movie
'Beautiful summer of Kirishima'.
2004
She held a "funeral portrait photo" exhibition in Shinjuku at Hachigatsu-sha publishing company.
2009
She published Michiko Sasaki photo book "Japan full struggle"
She held a photo exhibition of "total struggle" in Shinjuku at <BERG>.
2012 September
She published "Shinjuku, my open Land".
September 15th to November 11th,
She exhibited at Saitama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art "1970s Japan in 1968-1982" and her photograph went around to Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.
2013 In February
Photo exhibition "Brazil" held in Shinjuku <BERG>
2014 In February
Photo exhibition "Shinjuk village people" held at Shinjuku <BERG>
2017 In September
Michiko Sasaki photo book "Shinjuku Golden Street" is publishing this year.

■Selected Exhibitions
2017
Michiko Sasaki's Photo exhibition at Gallery Kogure New York (New York, US)
2014
Photo exhibition "Shinjuk village people" held in Shinjuku at <BERG> Tokyo.
2013
Photo exhibition "Brazil" held in Shinjuku at <BERG> Tokyo.
2009
Photo exhibition "total struggle" in Shinjuku at <BERG> Tokyo.
2004
Photo exhibition "funeral portrait photo" in Shinjuku at Hachigatsu-sha (Tokyo)
1963
Her first photo exhibition "Memory of the city" in Shinjuku
at Kinokuniya Gallery (Tokyo)

■Group Exhibitions
2012
Photo exhibition "1970s Japan in 1968-1982"
(Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art)

■Art Fair
2017 Art Fair Tokyo (Gallery Kogure booth)

■Publications
2017
"Shinjuku Golden Street"-Scheduled to be published this year
2012
"Shinjuku, my open Land" Jurousha-Publishing
2009
"Japan full struggle" Rokusaisha-Publishing
1994
"Going to Amazon form Shinjuku" Bungeishunju-Publishing
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With a camera in her one hand, Sasaki has been running a small bar at Shinjuku in Tokyo since the beginning of 1960's where many talented people gather. In the meantime, she developed a strong empathy for "Self-Change (Jiko-Henkaku)" that was one of the words advocated by Zenkyoto and started to shoot the days of disputes from the standpoint of a student, while belonging to the Nihon University College of Art where Akihiro Akiyama a guest of her bar and the leader of struggles at Nihon University, and other members did nothing but engaging in the struggles. Such photographs are not historical records but a collection of works strongly having an element as "Personal Story" produced by the photographer who fell in love with the real face of the students full of a sense of solidarity and dynamism. Sasaki published a photobook filled with her love in 2009. At first, she had refrained from making her photographs available to the public in fear of leaving them as evidences against the student activists. After the end of the student movements, while remaining to be a photographer, she made several legendary achievements such as managing a restaurant and other businesses in the Amazon region of Brazil and establishing a private library holding as many as 2 million books for the sake of Japanese descents there. Sasaki's wild and exciting lifestyle is still alive and she, currently being at the age of 83, serves guests at her bar every day, with always preparing a camera on her side.

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