ABOUT

河合智子はベルリンを拠点に活動する写真家・アーティスト。米国 Academy of Art University San Franciscoを卒業。平成28年度新進芸術家海外研修員。ドイツ・ベルリンのクンストラーハウス・ベタ二エンのインターナショナル・スタジオ・プログラムに2017年から2018年まで参加。2021年オーストリア・ウィーンのVerlag für moderne Kunstより出版された作品集 Intimacy of Paradiseがドイツ写真集賞2021銀賞 (Deutscher Fotobuchpreis)を受賞。

Tomoko Kawai is a Japanese artist based in Berlin
© Tomoko Kawai

Tomoko Kawai is a Japanese artist based in Berlin, Germany. Kawai explores human nature through photographic acts, interdisciplinary activities, and fieldwork in urban and natural environments. She traces the invisible structure in society and the laws of nature through an ecological perspective and physical approach, she seeks a new role for humans as members of the natural world.

She completed her study at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, USA.  Grant recipient, Japanese Government Overseas Research Program for Artists (Agency for Cultural Affairs, Berlin, 2016-17). Recent exhibitions include Tallinn Photomonth Contemporary Art Biennial (Kai Art Center, Estonia, 2021), Japanese Contemporary photography Vol.15 (Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, 2019), and On the Origin of Springs ( Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2018). She was selected for an artist-in-residence program ( MuseumsQuartier Wien, Vienna, 2019), Japan-Finnish artist exchange program (The Finnish Institute in Japan, Helsinki, 2019), and International Studio Program (Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2017-18). Her latest book, Intimacy of Paradise, published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna, received silver in the German Photo Book Prize 2021 (Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, Germany, 2021).

© 2022 Tomoko Kawai. Berlin