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Julia Yonetani

Julia Yonetani


  • The University of Sydney, Australia, BA
  • Department of Advanced Social and International Studies, Division of Social and International Relations, The University of Tokyo, Master
  • Australian National University, College of Asia and the Pacific, (History), PhD.
  • Currently, she is a contemporary artist, exhibiting her aesthetically striking works in exhibitions around the world, and working as a farmer in Nantan City, Kyoto Prefecture.


In the information society, we need to change our model of education from an industrial one to one that is based on agricultural principles, as Ken Robinson, a British advisor on skills development and education, and a thought leader, says.In Robinson's words, "We need to see the flowering of human talent as an 'organic' process, not a mechanical, automatic one.

What is an organic process? It should be one that is full of creativity and originality, not one that simply tries to dichotomize the world. It is a process of rediscovering the connections between the material world and the information society, and between people and the world. I used to be a historian, but I broke out of that frame of reference and dove into the world of artists, exploring the possibilities of knowledge and expression. Using a variety of materials, I have tried to give form to the problems of environmental destruction and economic systems that are occurring in the world today.I also learned the importance of organic processes while doing actual farming. Soil and people are inextricably linked. Human beings are like a microcosm that includes the hundreds of millions of microorganisms that coexist in the soil. The body and society are made up of countless "signals," and now we have the perfect opportunity to listen carefully to this chain of information.

Responsible Subject

  • ICT Practical Communication

Field of Specialization

  • Modern history, international and cross-cultural exchange, modern art

Business Performance

Her works, which are based on her own method of careful research on environmental and social issues, are transformed into something beautiful and uncanny, and cover a wide range of fields such as installation, video, and performance.Venice Biennale (representing Australia, 2009), Singapore Biennale (2013), Ibaraki Prefecture North Art Festival (2016), Honolulu Biennale (2017), solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia (2015-2016), solo exhibition at the Kadokawa Musashino Museum (2020-2021). (2020-2021).In recent years, she has also been engaged in pesticide-free farming in a farming village in Kyoto.