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Sanae Yamada is a visual artist who lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. By focusing on the relationships that exist between environments and in turn their inhabitants, Yamada examines the way in which the body and mind are positioned within their very surroundings. Yamada is especially interested in the symbiotic relationships present in natural environments, both current and intergenerational. Yamada’s practice, predominantly research-based, takes the form of video, installation, and drawing aims to document these relationships while examining to weave multiple perspectives including of nonhumans.

During my time at NES, I continued a research project on relationships between volcanoes and people and created a video installation. By finding the multiple perspectives around volcanoes, such as disaster mitigation systems and sightseeing tours on volcanoes, I am aiming to disentangle those mixtures of whole relationships. The filming was done thanks to the cooperation of many people in Skagastrond and tourists I met on my trip. I am thankful to all the people who cooperated with this project.

You can see more of Sanae’s work on her website and at