Kyoko Takemura (Yokohama, Japan) is a conceptual artist who mainly works in photography, text and video. Takemura investigates subjects around religion, consumerism, mortality and culinary culture by means of exploiting specific items or sets of circumstances. The underlying motivation for her projects is to reflect on the human mind that has led to shaping the subjects. She graduated from Central Saint Martins, UK. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Takemura is a winner of JAPAN PHOTO AWARD 2018 (selected by Emilia Van Lynden, UNSEEN Amsterdam), a recipient of 2018 Sony World Photography Awards and Kassel Dummy Award 2020 shortlist. Her works have been exhibited at Somerset House, Museum Brot und Kunst, IMA Gallery, Kyotography International Photography Festival  among other venues. Her projects have been featured in Libération France, Die Tageszeitung, Universal Music Germany, VICE, iD-Magazine among others.

Selected Exhibition
2022    60 x 60 – Food = Politics + Pleasure, Museum Brot und Kunst, Ulm, DE
2022    Asama International Photo Festival 2022 PHOTO ALT, amana virtual museum, JP
2021    Honey Rules the World, Gallery Cube, Kiel, DE
2019    STYLED IN PHOTOGRAPHY”, IMA Gallery, Tokyo, JP
2019    JAPAN PHOTO AWARD EXHIBITION”, Hotel Anteroom Kyoto, 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

Award & Residency
2020    Kassel Dummy Award, Odd Recipes Shortlisted, 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, Conceptual Category Nominee

2013-2016    BA Hons Graphic Design & Communication, Central Saint Martins
College of Art and Design, UK
2010-2012    French Literature in Faculty of Letters, Keio University, JP

Die Tageszeitung
foam Design Magazine
i-D Magazine (Interview)
VICE (Interview)
FUET Magazine (Interview)
PERDIZ Magazine (Interview)
Plain Magazine
I/O Gazette
Food To Meet You
Musée Magazine
Club Sandwich
1 Granary (Interview)