Mayu Kanamori is a Japanese born photomedia artist based in Sydney. Her works combine her skills as a photographer, story teller, journalist, radio broadcaster, writer and video editor to create her own style of work: document-arts – hybrid work between documentary photography, oral story telling, videography, visual and performing arts.
She is the creator and director of The Heart of the Journey, and has received a commendation for United Nations Media Peace Award Promotion of Multicultural Issues in 2000 for its radio program on ABC Radio National. She is also the recipient of the 2001 Broome NAIDOC Non Indigenous Reconciliation Award for the sound and slide documentary performance The Heart of the Journey. Her radio feature Chika was finalist for 2004 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism. Last year Mayu’s digital and photographic works have been chosen as finalist for 2005 Harries National Digital Awards, 2005 Olive Cotton National Photographic Portrait Awards, and 2005 Conrad Jupiter’s National Art Prize.
Mayu’s professional background is as photographer and writer. She has worked with publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review, and Good Weekend in Australia and for Kyodo News, Nihon Keizai Shinbun and Weekly Yomiuri in Japan. Her solo photographic exhibitions include Sugao no Australia and Unseen Faces of Japan and has exhibited her multimedia works, indlucing RAIHAI and Story Beyond the Fence in Australia and internationally.
Mayu’s works often deals with migrant, indigenous and or cross cultural issues, especially in the area of Australia and Japan. She collaborates with composers, musicians, dancers, videographers, sound engineers, and computer programmers to create her story telling works of art.