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Mediums of photographs, where images attach themselves on, have changed over a short period of time. This indicates that photography has always carried with itself a potential of diverse materiality as well as sculptural properties since its origin. Photographic images have always been seeking a body to dwell in.


Tawada’s works contain such mystical spirituality from the early period of photography. Her approach to photography can be seen as an endeavor to redeem the magical materiality the photograph carries. Here, one must focus on Tawada’s manual attempt to awaken the reality from the photograph and to discover the immanent aura that resonates within the photograph.

(Toshiharu Ito , Art historian / Professor, Department of Intermedia Art, Tokyo University of the Arts)

< Either Photograph, Painting or Sculpture, but Neither all >


 "My creation is on the borderline of photograph, painting and sculpture.

I intend to take people into sensory experiences by my making emotional traces.

 In this process, I refer to the arts of sympathetic magic and methods of therapeutic techniques. What I pursue is not only their magical or therapeutic effects, but also effective way to make photographs to speak again, after being consumed in modern life.

 Although it became difficult for people to look carefully into photographs in this age of information overload, people still seem to seek for a smell of physical traces over the smooth surface of digital images. The reason why I deal with photographs is because it intimately connects with people’s emotion and unconsciousness while regarded as objective media in public."



1978  Born in Hamamatsu, Japan

2019       Kyoto University of the Arts, Associate Professor of Photography and Video course

                Lives and works in Kyoto, Japan



2003     Tohoku University, Biochemistry (BS*Bachelor of Science), JP
     University of California, Santa Barbara  (Exchange Program)  (2001-2002), US
2005  University of the Arts, London, Camberwell College of Arts, Photography (BA), UK
2008  Tokyo University of the Arts (MA), JP
2011  Tokyo University of the Arts (PhD), JP
Solo Exhibitions
2018  「Exorcism / Family Tree / Neuron Forest」G/P gallery, Tokyo, JP
2012  「Burnt Photographs」TARO NASU, Tokyo, JP
2009  「Missing Folklore」TARO NASU, Tokyo, JP
2007  「WHITE OUT」INAX Gallery, Tokyo, JP
2004        「The Secret Language」The Michael Faraday Museum, The Royal Institution, London, UK
Group Exhibitions
​2021     「Digital Organic」HOTEL ANTEROOM KYOTO, Kyoto, JP
              「KUA ceramic labo」Galerie Aube, Kyoto, JP
              「NEO TOKYO ZINE+POST PHOTO SHOW(MUTANT(S) on POST/PHOTOGRAPHY)」,Masayoshi Suzuki Gallery, Okazaki, JP
              「constellation #2」、rin art association, Takasaki, JP
              「MUTANT(S) on POST/PHOTOGRAPHY  KUA P&V」Galerie Aube, Kyoto, JP (Curated by Yuki TawadaShigeo Goto)
               「INTER MEDIA ART 2020 APPARATION」, The Chinretsukan Gallery, Tokyo University of    
 the Arts, Tokyo, JP
               「constellation #1, rin art association, Takasaki, JP
    「The Yebisu International Festival for Art &Alternative Visions 2020」
 Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, JP
2019  「Family Tree」Galerie Omotesando, Musee F, Tokyo, JP
     「HAMAMATSU SESSIONS」Hirano Art Gallery , Shizuoka, JP
    「Count the Waves - Visualizing Invisibility」Chinretsukan gallery, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts , Tokyo, JP
2018      「 Dual / I am in You」, Maebashi Works, Maebashi, Gunma, JP
               「NEW PLANET PHOTO CITY :  William Klein and Photographers Living in the 22nd Century」, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT,  Tokyo, JP
               「Veil and Void」, Yokohama Civic Art Gallery,  Kanagawa , JP
2017      「Light/Electricity/God : Thunderbolts and Art」, Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi, Gunma, JP
               「EPHEMERAL PHOTOGRAPHY」, Galerie Omotesando, Tokyo, JP
    「EXPLORATIONS-New Positions in Photography and Photorealism」, MICHEKO GALERIE,     Munich,DE
2016     「Nothing is hidden」Okurayama Memorial Hall Gallery, Yokohama, JP 
2015        「5×3  2015」Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, DE
2014  「Boundaries of Photograph」Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino, Yokohama, JP
2013  「Contemplation : Emerging Female Photographers from Japan」(traveling exhibition)   Texas Woman's University, Texas, US
2012  「Contemplation : Emerging Female Photographers from Japan」Pictura Gallery,       Bloomington, US
2011  「Doctoral Program Final Exhibition」The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of   the arts, Tokyo, JP
2010  「VOCA 2010 - THE VISION OF CONTEMPORARY ART」The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, JP
2009  「only one」MOT/ARTS, Taipei, TW
2008  「450」TARO NASU OSAKA, Osaka, JP
     「Inter Media Art Course prize winner's show」Tokyo University of the Arts Ueno           campus, Tokyo, JP
     「Graduation Exhibition (M.F.A) Inter Media Art Course, Tokyo University of the Arts」,ZAIM, Yokohama, JP
2005  「Second Sight : Final Degree Show」Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK
2002  「Asian American Film Festival」Isla Vista Theatre, University of California, Santa Barbara,US
Art Fairs / Book Fairs
2019   「Tokyo Art Book Fair」Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, JP
2018   「Unseen」Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, NL
            「Photo Fairs Shanghai」Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, CN
2017   「Tokyo Art Book Fair」Warehouse TERRADA, Tokyo, JP
2012   「Tokyo Photo」Tokyo Midtown Hall, Tokyo, JP
2009   「VOLTA5」Markthalle, Basel, CH
2008   「SCOPE Basel」Kaserne Basel, Basel, CH
      「Art Fair Tokyo」Tokyo international Forum, Tokyo, JP
2007   「Paris Photo 2007」Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, FR(also '08,'09)
awards and nominations 
2008    Salon de Plantan Award, Graduation Exhibition (M.F.A) Inter Media Art Course, Tokyo  University of the Arts, JP
             BMW- Paris Photo Prize for contemporary photography, short-listed, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, FR
Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art
               「MUTANT(S) on POST/PHOTOGRAPHY」G/P+abp
2020    「YUKI TAWADA : BROKEN MIRRORS thegirlwhowaspluggedin」G/P+abp
2019    「The Evolution of Photography as Contemporary Art」, Shigeo Goto, Chihiro Minato and Masafumi Fukagawa (eds.), Film Art Inc. Contributed articles
    「sazanami collective 2019.03.13 - 06.19  Ryo Fujimoto→Yuki Tawada→Hiroshi Takizawa」Self-published
2018   「 Yuki Tawada 2007-2017」Self-published
            「Veil and Void : Ryo Fujimoto / Yuki Tawada」Self-published
2017   「Dual / I am in You : Hiroshi Takizawa / Yuki Tawada」Self-published
2011         How Altered states of Consciousness Can Be Expressed by the Lens-Media through the research of Magic Realism
2008         The Cure in the Memory by Using Photography


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