chihiro minato (born 1960) is an artist, anthropologist and filmmaker. he graduated from the school of political science and economics at waseda university and has been a professor at tama art university, tokyo since 1995. in 2002 and 2004 he was a visiting scholar at wolfson college, oxford university. in 2007 he was the commissioner of the japanese pavilion at the 52nd venice biennale (2007). his recent exhibitions include beyond language, soka art center, beijing (2007); the third nature, 1839 contemporary gallery, taipei (2009); and the ephemeral eternity, art gallery, anu, canberra (2010). together with the japanese pavilion at the 52nd venice biennale, his recent curatorial work includes: public furniture, busan biennale, south korea (2006), and hiroshima 1958, hiroshima prefectural museum, nikon gallery, tokyo and japan culture center paris (2008 and 2009). minato has made five films, including: reconcilier l’intelligible et le sensible, entretien avec claude levi-strauss (institute franco-japonais, tokyo, 2002) and for the reopening of moma nine museums of taniguchi yoshio (2005). his works are held in a number of public collections including the french national library, the tokyo museum of photography, and mona in tasmania with masao okabe. minato was awarded ina nobuo prize for photography (2006) among other prizes.