Mami Kosemura

Mami Kosemura is a contemporary artist whose early photographs and animations reference traditional subjects taken from classical European motifs and Japanese painting by exploring the confluence between painting and filmmaking. Her current work pursues a new approach that incorporates various elements of painting, composition, and perspective through her painting-like photographs that have a strong sense of physical presence. By broadening her production method, the new work subverts viewers’ expectations of static imagery by introducing physical movement and illustrating the passing of time.

Kosemura says, “My work leads viewers to question several aspects of the piece itself: is it a painting or a photograph, static or changing, fiction or reality? When we start to lose our fixed perspective, we can connect these questions to far more important questions about where or what we are, our self-understanding, and our relationship to the external world.”

Mami Kosemura is based in Tokyo. Her piece, ‘Flowering Plants of the Four Seasons,’ is currently on view at the Asia Society’s anniversary exhibition, “In and Out of Context: Asia Society Celebrates the Collections at 60,” and her solo exhibition was at Dillon + Lee through January 13, 2017.

Education: 2005 PhD. in Painting, Tokyo University of the Arts; 2001 M.A. in Mural, Tokyo University of the Arts