fumiko imano

PROFILE

fumiko imano

The wonderfully amusing compositions of fumiko imano, who most commonly works with a 35mm film camera, include a series of photomontages that have been manually spliced together. By cutting and pasting candid self-portraits, the artist manifests an imaginary yet lifelike twin. Encapsulating an innocent and nostalgic charm in a manner reminiscent of snapshots taken on a family trip, imano’s self-portraits elicit an instinctive smile from their viewers. At the same time, the distinct demarcation imposed by the scissor between the two photographs reveals the fictitious nature of the image. Against the backdrop of a highly digitized world enabling the precise synthesis of digital images, the intentionally simple, handmade quality of imano’s works eloquently communicates a playfulness to its viewers.

 

Born in Japan in 1974, fumiko imano lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the age of two to eight. She studied fine arts at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in the U.K., and later fashion styling and photography at the London College of Fashion, returning to Japan in 2002. She is currently based in Tokyo. imano’s works have been exhibited in numerous locations throughout the world, and she has published her work worldwide, including the photography book ‘We Oui!’ (Little Big Man Books, 2017). imano is also active in the fashion industry, working on collaborations with LOEWE beginning with their 2018 Spring/Summer look-book.

WORKS

  • We wear eye wear/Hitachi/2007

    2007 / 2020

  • Pizza/Paris/2004

    2004 / 2020

  • Yellow bath/Hitachi/2007

    2007 / 2020

  • wild yeast bread F, hitachi 2011

    2011

  • wild yeast bread F, hitachi 2011

    2011

  • wild yeast bread slice, hitachi, 2010

    2010

  • we are star!/LA/2015

    2015 / 2019

  • hollywood/LA/2015

    2015 / 2019

  • hitch hiking/LA/2015

    2015 / 2019

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BIOGRAPHY

1974
Born in Hitachi, Ibaraki, Japan
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Fine arts
London College of Fashion, Fashion styling & production and Fashion photography

CV

Solo Exhibitions
2020
“somehow somewhere sometimes at some place for some reason” KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Tokyo, Japan
2019
"LA☆Fumiko Imano” KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Tokyo, Japan
2018
“There is only one Fumiko” Dover Street Market Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
2015
“i shot myself” UTRECHT, Tokyo, Japan

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2014
“intermission” Gallery ARTGRAPH, Tokyo, Japan
“i do it myself!” ISETAN Shinjuku Store, Tokyo, Japan
“i'm hungry!” UTRECHT/NOW IDeA, Tokyo, Japan
“i'm hungry!” gallery TAiGA, Tokyo, Japan
2013
“plants and me” Figue hair&make, Tokyo, Japan
“lost and found in my heart” OPENING CEREMONY, SEIBU SHIBUYA, Tokyo, Japan
“my name is passion” Le lieu, Tokyo, Japan
2012
“fumiko imano singaporeana! -fumiko imano embassy-singapore” UTRECHT/NOW IDeA, Tokyo, Japan
2011
“It's not me - Fumiko Imano Retrospective” NEW ACCIDENT, Ishikawa, Japan
2010
“hirondelle” UTRECHT/NOW IDeA/aMoule, Tokyo, Japan
2006
“I look at you” Ideal Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Group Exhibitions
2018
“we oui!” Festival Images Vevey 2018, Vevey, Switzerland
2016
“Mossless 4: Public/Private/Portrait” DELI Gallery, New York, USA
“New Material” Casemore Kirkeby, San Francisco, USA
2015
“A LIE ABOUT A LIE; A TRUTH ABOUT THE TRUTH” LITTLE BIG MaN Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
“A LIE ABOUT A LIE; A TRUTH ABOUT THE TRUTH” Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada
2013
“GLOBAL PHOTO COLLABORATIONS by VICE JAPAN” DIESEL ART GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
“Fest*LAB! Vol.1 'blank page;'” ATSUKOBAROUH arts drink talk, Tokyo, Japan

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2012
ASVOFF MILAN, Teatro dell'Arte Triennale di Milano, Milano, Italy
“triple fantasy” mimi space, Taipei, Taiwan
“triple fantasy” NEW ACCIDENT, Ishikawa, Japan
“triple fantasy” Shashin Kosha ARTPRINT GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2011
“Houyhnhnm Girls” IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT SPACE, Tokyo, Japan
2006
"4th Anniversary of CREAM" In Other Words 2, Hong Kong
2004
“Shuttered Love” Keith Talent Gallery, London, UK
2002
The 17th Festival International des Arts de la Mode de Hyères, La Villa Noailles, Hyères, France

EXHIBITIONS

somehow somewhere sometimes at some place for some reason

17/October/2020 - 21/November/2020

LA☆Fumiko Imano

19/October/2019 - 30/November/2019