Kris Yoshie Yokohama Paratriennale Director
After spending time in the fields of art, theater, event production, and manufacturing, Kris Yoshie completed her Master's degree in Business Design at Domus Academy (Italy). With Tokyo and Milan as her base, she then traveled the world, conducting discussions with professionals and corporations in many fields in a quest to create innovative new values. In March 2010, she took a hiatus from professional activity when a malignant bone tumor was discovered in her right leg, and in April 2011 she commenced a new life as an individual with a disability in her right leg. After being appointed director of the Yokohama Rendez-vous Project, she established the Slow Label project and brand, and she currently oversees all project planning, development, and promotion as the director of Slow Label.
Sachiko Namba Curator
After serving as curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Sachiko Namba set up I plus N Ltd., a company specializing in the planning and organization of art exhibitions and workshops with a specific focus on socially engaged art practices. She is a part-time lecturer at Tama Art University and has authored works including Curating Contemporary Art in Japan: 1950s to the Present. Her curatorial projects include “Garden for Children” (2010, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo) and “Breathing Atolls: Japan-Maldives Contemporary Art Exhibition” (2012, National Art Gallery of the Maldives, Malé / Spiral, Tokyo). She currently serves as the Curatorial Project Manager for the Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF) 2014.photo: Kenichi Aikawa
Michiko Tanaka Performing Arts Director
Born in Sapporo city, Michiko Tanaka completed the Master's Course of the Graduate School of Letters at Hokkaido University, spending one year as an exchange student in the Art History Department at the University of Lille III (France). She discovered French contemporary circus while working at a newspaper, which led to her decision to dedicate her life to the world of the circus. After serving as performing arts coordinator at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial and Setouchi Triennale, she independently founded "Circus-do 'Les Funambules'", a circus, street performance, and local performing arts center based in Takamatsu city, in 2011, and went on to establish the Setouchi Circus Factory in 2014.