The exhibition of photographs by Sayuri Ichida opened at the PhMuseum Lab in Bologna, Italy on May 11

The Japanese artist presents his work for the first time in Europe Fumiko, personal research rooted in his family history. Visit the exhibition this weekend as part of ArtCity Bologna, or until July 22.

A visitor at the opening of the show Fumiko by Sayuri Ichida © PhMuseum

A beautiful spring day accompanied us yesterday to Bologna in Italy for the opening of our new exhibition Fumiko by Sayuri Ichida as part of ART CITY Bologna 2022 on the occasion of the 45 edition of ARTEFIERA. The Japanese artist welcomed visitors in the first person and presented her project to them.

Her work finds its origin in the discovery of a metal box of biscuits in the house of her grandparents. It is full of negatives and prints that show the life of his mother Fumiko, who died at 47 of lung cancer. Ichida thus begins a journey of research through which she investigates the depths of her own trauma and reconstructs her mother’s memory. The exhibition circulates between two rooms. One is dedicated to new and archival images, the other dedicated to video.

In the main room, the first two walls on the right feature archival footage, video screenshots, and photo collages created by Ichida that show positive moments from Fumiko’s past. On the left side of the room are hung enlargements of 5 archival photographs which retrace in chronological order certain key moments in Fumiko’s life such as wedding photos, images of her pregnancy, or the birth of her daughter. ‘artist. Finally, a wallpaper representing an important place for the artist, two close-ups representing a finger and the eye of Fumiko, and a letter that Ichida received from her mother make up the front wall, metaphorically engaged in the last moments of Fumiko.

Sayuri Ichida showing the exhibition to her sister during © PhMuseum

Next to the pictures, on each wall, you can find several framed mirrors. They serve as a way to include the viewer in Ichida’s narrative. They are meant to encourage reflection on the difficult process of coming to terms with loss, something we all experience sooner or later.

In the screening room, an old television plays a compilation of videos from various VHS depicting Fumiko during the early years of Ichida’s life. They represent an important part of her research, which delves deep into her personal trauma to investigate the meaning of fate, memory and acceptance. By juxtaposing her family archives with her newly created images, Ichida is able to capture just how fleeting life is. Her work reminds us that sooner or later we will all experience some kind of loss, and what probably matters most is how we keep positive memories alive of the people we have lived with.

The project was selected from those presented to the PhMuseum 2021 Women Photographers Grant, the 6th edition of which opens in September 2022. The exhibition will continue until July 22, below you will find the special opening dates.

All images © PhMuseum


Here are the special opening dates and times of ART CITY Bologna 2022 on the occasion of ARTEFIERA.

May 12 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

May 13 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

May 14 from 3 p.m. to 12 p.m.

May 15 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Where: PhMuseum Lab, Via Paolo Fabbri 10/2a, Bologna, Italy

Admission fee

When: May 11 to July 22

Opening hours: Friday 5pm-8pm | Monday to Thursday by appointment only


Sayuri Ichida is a Japanese photographer who lives and works in London. His attention in his works is placed on the theme of identity, which reflects his own memory and his own experiences. In addition to photography, her research involves sculptural forms created from organic and non-organic elements that represent certain psychological states. Ichida won the Japan Photo Award in 2016 for his “Deja Vu” series. His “Mayu” series has been selected for several group exhibitions presented at Unseen Photo Festival (Amsterdam, 2018), Photo Saint Germain (Paris, 2018), IMA Gallery (Tokyo, 2018) and Asama International Photo Festival (Nagano, 2019).


PhMuseum Lab, founded in 2020, is a multi-purpose project that aims to create a place of gathering and learning, to share the online experience of the PhMuseum and to stimulate a dialogue between digital opportunities and physical interactions. It pursues the same mission which is to work to discover, educate and promote talented photographers while spreading visual culture. Follow PhMuseum Lab on Instagram.


The PhMuseum Women Photographers Fellowship aims to empower the work and careers of female and non-binary professionals of all ages and countries working in various fields of photography. Entering its 6th edition, the next open call will open in September 2022.

Tracey L. Sweeney