Tomoko Kikuchi is a visual artist originally from Tokyo, currently based in Beijing, China.She was graduated from Musashino Art university.
Her works examining the themes such as gender, social changes and war, focuses on the people who live in cracks of a dynamically transforming society. ‘’I and I’’ (2005- present) ‘’Lost boundaries’’ (2012) are the photographic and video works about young Chinese LGBT people who wander about the unclear boundaries separating men and women, where big changes are occurring in the sexuality in urban youth. ‘’The River’’ (2013) is the photography works about the life and death of contemporary society through the life of fisherman. In every project She has been involved with their community fellowship for a long period of time. These works visualize the energy of crashes out of conflicts, and the human power to overcome the contradiction and complexity of the world.
Kikuchi won 38th Kimura Ihee commemorative photography award (for ‘’I and I’’), the most prestigious award for photographer in Japan, also she won First Prix Pictet Japan award (for ‘’The River’’). She is also a grant winner of Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund (Magnum Foundation New York) and Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary photography (Magnum Foundation and Asia Society). Her works are held in public collections of Tokyo Photographic Museum, Mori Art Museum, Kawasaki City museum, and Fondazione Modena Arti Visive(Italy)
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