Kyoko Takemura (b. 1992) was born in Yokohama, Japan, and lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Takemura’s work is best described as visual storytelling, between literature and documentation. She works as a discoverer and investigator of hidden truths in everyday objects using photography, text, video, and installations. Through associative thought process often referencing science, spiritual and cultural traditions, her works connect metaphysical dimension to laws operating in ordinary subjects which form basic concepts of the world.

In 2018, her project ‘Luxury beyond Death’ has been announced as the Winner of JAPAN PHOTO AWARD 2018, selected by Emilia Van Lynden, the artistic director of UNSEEN Amsterdam. Another series ‘Cabinet of Life’ has also been commended at the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards in the same year. Takemura’s work has been shown in London, Dubai, Berlin, Tokyo, New York including, KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival. Her projects are featured in international magazines and publications, including French newspaper Libération, Universal Music Germany, VICE, iD-Magazine, among others. She completed her BA at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Graphic Design and Communication in 2016.

1992年神奈川県生まれ。ベルリン在住。慶応義塾大学中退後渡英。ロンドン芸術大学セントラルセントマーチンズ校卒業。写真、文章、インスタレーションによる作品を通して、日常のありふれた事象に潜む <物事の本質>に光を当て、全てが刹那的に存在するこの世界において「あたりまえ」として見過ごされる奇跡を浮かび上がらせる。

近年の賞歴に、カッセルダミーアワード2020 ショートリスト、ジャパンフォトアワード2018 グランプリ(エミリア・ヴァン・リンデン – UNSEENアーティスティック・ディレクター賞)、ソニーワールドフォトグラフィーアワード 2018 Commended賞、FAPA ファインアートフォトグラフィーアワード 2017ノミネート賞。主なグループ展に「Sony World Photography Award Exhibition」 (Somerset House、ロンドン、2018)、「New Japan Photo 7」 (CHI-KA, ドバイ、2019)、「STYLED IN PHOTOGRAPHY」(IMA Gallery、東京、2019)など。主な作品・インタビュー掲載誌に、日刊紙 Libération(フランス)、Red Book by Universal Music Germany (ドイツ)、VICE Creators (メキシコ)など。

Awards & Residencies


– Kassel Dummy Award 2020, Odd Recipes Shortlisted

– A4 2020 Artist-in-Residence International Exchange Program, Chengdu, China

– Artist in Residence Program at The Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai, China

JAPAN PHOTO AWARD, Winner   (Selecting judge: Emilia Van Lynden)
Sony World Photography Awards,  Commended 
FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards, Conceptual Category Nominee

– STYLED IN PHOTOGRAPHY, IMA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
– JAPAN PHOTO AWARD EXHIBITION, Hotel Anteroom Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
– New Japan Photo 7, CHI-KA, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

– Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, London, UK
– LUXUS PhilosophyUnbound Berlin, Berliner Ringtheater, Berlin, Germany

Libération (Interview)
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)