Artist Statement

Inspired by built environments and their representations, I document video and photographic images as well as collecting found material of urban landscapes, including cities, suburbs, zoos, museums and theaters to present the ideals and paradoxes behind the imagery.

I take the images out of the original contexts and place them in the new to create another landscape that is edited or often times composed with other images that share the same function. The outcome without a narrative exaggerates the certain conditions of the places I observe.

In recent years I am increasingly intrigued by representation of nature, such as theatrical design of parks and zoos and displays at natural historical museums. These representations are often based on the conception of ‘nature’, thus more of a cultural and social production. There is no such scenery like diorama, which depicts the natural habitat of certain species, exists naturally. What we see on these contradiction-free stages is no more than our relationship to the nature and eventually our limitations within this relationship.


Born in N.Y., US, raised in Kanagawa, JP, lives and works in Amsterdam, NL


M.F.A.,   Sandberg Institute, Master Program of the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, NL
Fine Arts, B-Semi Schooling System, Yokohama, JP
B.A.,   Literature Studies, Rikkyo University,Tokyo, JP


2011 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, FR
2003 Capacete, Rio de Janeiro, BR


2013 "Variations on a Theme - Nature", Punt WG, Amsterdam, NL
2007 “Artist-Pick-Up/ Cityscape – from Photography to Moving Images” (two persons show with Palla), Remo, Osaka, JP
2002 “One place – home”, curated by Kai Ozawa, Kojimachi Gallery, Tokyo, JP(cat.)
“One place – home”, Hedah, Center for Contemporary Art, Maastricht, NL


2017 "Open the New page!", 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, JP
2016 "Hiroshige's City: From Edo to Tokyo", Honolulu Museum of Art, US
"TIll It's Gone", as a part of video programme "Art Speaks Out" compiled by ikonoTV, Istanbul Modern / Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, TR (cat.)
"ikonoTV: Art is ON", Adiacenze, Bologna, IT
2015"Wabi Sabi Shima, from the aesthetic of perfection and chaos in the japanese archipelago", Espace Hangar H18, Brussels, BE (cat.)
2014“Krasj ’14 – art trail in the semi public space of Ninove”, City of Ninove, BE (cat.)
2013 "Move on Asia, Video Art in Asia 2002 to 2012", ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, DE (cat.)
"VKunst", Frankfurt, D(cat.)
2012 “2012 Move On Asia”, Gallery Loop, Seoul, KR
2011 “Move On Asia, The End of Video Art”, Case Asia, Barcelona, ES
2010 “Havensafari 2010”, Bruynzeelhallen, Zaandam, NL
“Copacabana doesn’t exist!”, Ecole Régionale des Beaux-arts, Besançon, FR
2009 “Software” Cosmopolis 2025, CAS Zuidas, Amsterdam, NL
2008“Move On Asia”, Space Bandee, Busan, KR
”Akihabara TV & Tokyo Rabbit Paradise”, KANDADA, Tokyo, JP
“videoDictionary”, Caixa Forum Lleida , Lleida, ES
2007“Move On Asia 2007”, Gallery Loop, Seoul, KR
"WONDERLANDSCAPE vol. 00”, ZAIM, Yokohama, JP
2006“videoDictionary”, University of Alicante, Alicante, ES
“Welcome Home”, Floriade Terrein, organized by the Podium voor Architectuur Haarlemmermeer, Vijfhuizen, NL
“Non-Places (everywhere/nowhere)”, 66 East, Centre for Urban Culture, Amsterdam, NL (cat.)
“Far Beyond”, paraGLOBE, Tokyo, JP (cat.)
“New Visionaries [wallstream]”, Remo, Osaka, JP
2005 “VideoDictionary”, Impakt Festival, Casco, Utrecht, NL
“Perspective 2005”, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, UK (cat.)
“VideoDictionary”, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES
2004 “Salon 39” (collaboration with Lisa Cheung), Home, London, UK (cat.)
“5th Kunstvlaai”, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, NL
2003 Artist in Residence presentation, Espaço Bananeiras, Rio de Janeiro, BR
2002 “De Eén Minuten Biennale”, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL (cat.)
2001 “24 X 24 - a Video Exhibition”, EXEDRA , Hilversum, NL
2000“No, No, But”, FAXX, Podium voor de hedendaagse kunst, Tilburg, NL (cat.)
“Pre Osaka New Video Exposition”, Osaka Municipal Space of Arts, Osaka, JP (cat.)
“Akihabara TV 2” (city video installation project), city of Akihabara + command N, Tokyo, JP (cat.)
“Dubbel Japan”, Sandberg 2, Hoorn, NL
1999 “De Indruk”, Amsterdam Historical Museum, Amsterdam, NL (cat.)
“Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin”, Centre Cerise, Paris, FR

SCREENINGS - selection -

2011 “Black Cube 11”, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
2008 “The Experience of Atopia”, Lokaal 01, Breda, NL (cat.)
Inauguration event, Podium voor Architectuur Haarlemmermeer, NL
“videoDictionary”, Caixa Forum Lleida , Lleida, ES
2007 “Black Cube 9”, Arti et Amitie, Amsterdam, NL
“La noche en blanco" with videoDictionary, Matadero Madrid, Madrid, ES
2006 “On Architecture and Other Stories”, Agentur , Amsterdam, NL
“Festival Vidéo Art”, Tokyo Art University Yokohama Campus, organized by Institut Franco-Japonais, Yokohama, JP
2005 “Island Film and Video Festival”, Prenelle Gallery, London, UK
2004 “Das Haus - Mitte der Welt, 2. ORTE Filmfestival” Cinama Paradiso, St. Polten, AT
“City Mapping”, Museum Folkwang, Essen, DE
2003 “20. Kasseler Dokumentarfilm -und Videofest”, Kassel, DE (cat.)
“Media Art Festival Friesland”, Museum Smallingerland, Drachten, NL (cat.)
“In Different Spaces”, organized by AIT, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, + Wanakio, Naha, JP
“25hrs - International Video Art Show”, organized by TheVideoArtFoundation, El Raval Sports Pavilion, Barcelona, ES (cat.)
2002 “Video Forms 2002”, Clermont – Ferrand, FR
2001 “High art at the Lowlands”, Lowlands Festival, Biddinghuizen, NL
“Lost & Found”, de Waag, Amsterdam, NL
1998 “Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin”, Cinema Check Point, Berlin, DE


2008 Exhibition “Beyond Paradise”, co-curated with Delphine Bedel, in collaboration with Jelle Bouwhuis, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
Film programme “Beyond Paradise”, co-curated with Delphine Bedel, Maison Descartes, Amsterdam, NL
2006-7 Board member of 66 East, Centre for Urban Culture, Amsterdam, NL
2006 Exhibition “Non-Places (everywhere/nowhere)”, guest curator, 66 East, Centre for Urban Culture, Amsterdam, NL
1999 Exhibition “De Indruk”, guest curator, with Dedda Bisecker, Amsterdam Historical Museum, Amsterdam, NL


2007-8 Fellowship Overseas Study Programme for Artists, Ministry of Culture, JP
2007 Basic Grant, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Art, Design and Architecture, NL
2006-7 Project Grant, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Art, Design and Architecture, NL
2003 Project Grant, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Art, Design and Architecture, NL
Travel Subsidy, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, NL
Art and Cultural Grant, The Nomura Cultural Foundation, JP
2002 Project Grant, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Art, Design and Architecture, NL