Kyoko Takemura is a Berlin-based Japanese conceptual artist working primarily with photography, video and found objects. Her projects aim to address the invisible mirrored in objects made for consumption, be they food or religious products. In recent years she has been particularly fascinated by objects that reflect the circumstances and human activities of a consumer society. Central to her practice is the re-examination of everyday life, which also leads her to explore themes of life and death, the finiteness of existence and our own mortality.

Takemura is the winner of the Japan Photo Award 2018 (selected by Emilia Van Lynden - UNSEEN Amsterdam), received the Sony World Photography Awards 2018 and was shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award 2020. Her work has been shown at festivals and venues including Somerset House (UK), Museum Brot und Kunst (Germany), New Japan Photo 7 (Dubai), Asama International Photo Festival and Kyotography International Photography Festival (Japan). Her projects have been featured in magazines and newspapers such as Libération France, Die Tageszeitung, IMA Magazine, The Red Book by Universal Music Germany, VICE, and iD-Magazine. Takemura received her BA with honours from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2016.


On Luxury beyond Death series
Takemura gives us a simple yet insightful look into a prominent ritual surrounding death in Vietnam. A compelling reflection upon modern day consumerism, Luxury Beyond Death highlights how relatives burn paper offerings at the graves of the deceased with the belief that they will need the same luxury items that they had when they were still living. The project highlights our obsession with consumerism whilst simultaneously raising questions about what awaits us in the afterlife.

Emilia van Lynden (Unseen Artistic Director)

Selected Exhibition
2022    60 x 60 – Food = Politics + Pleasure, Museum Brot und Kunst, Ulm, DE
2022    Asama International Photo Festival 2022 PHOTO ALT, Miyota, JP
2021   Honey Rules the World”, Gallery Cube +, Kiel, DE
2019    “STYLED IN PHOTOGRAPHY”, IMA Gallery, Tokyo, JP
2019    New Japan Photo 7, CHI-KA, Dubai, UAE
2018    Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, London, UK
2018    “LUXUS PhilosophyUnbound Berlin”, Berliner Ringtheater, Berlin, DE

2016   “GCD Show”, Hoxton Gallery, London, UK

Award & Residency
2020    Kassel Dummy Award, Odd Recipes Shortlist, DE
2019    Artist in Residence Program, The Swatch Art Peace Hotel, CN
2018    JAPAN PHOTO AWARD, Winner (Selecting judge: Emilia Van Lynden), JP
2018    Sony World Photography Awards, Commended, UK
2018    FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards, Nominee

2016    BA Hons Graphic Design&Communication, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
2012    French Literature in Faculty of Letters, Keio University, JP

PHOTOPAPER vol.68 - featuring Odd Recipes
Canned, self-published 
Odd Recipes, self-published

Published work

WePresent, Feature & Interview
IMA online, Feature

Die Tageszeitung

Libération France online
The Red Book, published by Universal Music Germany
i-D Magazine, Interview
VICE, Interview
IMA Magazine vol.35
Food& Magazine
foam Design Magazine
FUET Magazine, Interview
L’Œil de la Photographie
PERDIZ Magazine, Interview
Plain Magazine
I/O Gazette
Food To Meet You
Musée Magazine
Club Sandwich
1 Granary, Interview

For prints or inquiries:
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