The Female Fighter Project is a photographic series dedicated to the strong and amazing women who inspire me daily to follow my passion.
Shawn’s latest project is entitled The Female Fighter Project. It is an on going portraiture series documenting female fighters around the globe. In 2010, Shawn left for a year of international travel, visiting and training with some of the best female fighters from Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo. She carried over 70 lbs of luggage consisting of three Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gis, 2 pairs of Muay Thai gloves, numerous mouth pieces, rash guards, shin pads and head gear as well as a very heavy Hasselblad 500c camera with loads of 120mm film. After paying over $500 in overweight luggage fees and more airport security lines than one could imagine, she landed back in California in 2011.
Shawn Tamaribuchi holds a BA in Photography / Digital Media from Scripps College, and has completed studies at the Glasgow School of Art. For the past decade she has worked in the commercial and performing arts worlds. Her previous film, an animation short called Kenn’s Dream, screened at the Mad Cat Women’s International Film Festival and is included in the Asian American Media curriculim at Bryn Mawr College. She is currently a producer at Pink & White Productions, purveyors of LGBT, feminist, adult cinema. Her primary interests reside in the realm of digital-media and experimental art, and her performances and visual work has been seen locally, nationally, and internationally. Just some of the projects Shawn has been involved with include: The 24hourshow art collective, the Visibility Project, twincest, and Readjust Economies of Desire. Shawn is occasionally invited to lecture at universities and festivals about the politics of representation through the lenses of feminist, queer, and racial theories.
“I am really interested in body fluids as methods of transmission, physical dialogs that take place between bodies. Each one carries meaning on a personal level as well as a means of archiving interactions of the body and its surroundings.”
-Interview with Aorta Magazine (formerly known as Art XX Magazine)