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Tomoko Sawada

Tomoko Sawada

b. 1977, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan



Graduated from Seian University of Art and Design

Solo Exhibitions:


My Faces, Pace MacGill Gallery, New York

Facial Signature, Gallery MEM, Tokyo


Face to Face, Doshisha Womens college of Liberal Arts, Kyotanabe Campus, Kyoto


Sign, Gallery MEM, Tokyo

Skin, Gallery MEM, Tokyo


Mirrors, Zabriskie Gallery, New York


Bride: Tomoko Sawada, MEM Gallery, Tokyo

Decoration, Zabriskie Gallery, New York


Schoolgirls, Zabriskie Gallery, New York


Schoolgirls-School Days + cover/Face, MEM, Osaka


Desire to Mimic, MAK, Vienna 2004 Costume, Zabriskie Gallery, New York ID400, The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka

Costume + cover, Konica Minolta Plaza, Toyko


Costume, The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka Two Photographic Series, Zabriskie Gallery, New York

ID400 and Omiai, Kohji Ogura Gallery, Nagoya


Omiai, Galerie P, Brussels

Cover, SUMISO, Osaka


Cover, VAJRA, Osaka

Omiai, The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka

Omiai, Sou Art Gallery, Ehime

Omiai, Rocket, Tokyo


ID400, Rocket, Tokyo


ID400, Cubic Gallery Iteza, Kyoto

ID400, Clean Sisters Gallery, Osaka


Gallery Chat Noir, Hyogo

Group Exhibitions:


Snacks, Power Station of Art, Shanghai


The Younger Generation, Contemporary Japanese Photography, Getty Center, Los Angeles

Kyoto International Film and Art Festival 2015, Former Rissei Elementary School, Kyoto

Paris Photo, MEM Gallery, Grand Palais, Paris


Japon, Abbaye Saint Andre, Meymac, France

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, MOCCA, Canada

Noahs Ark, Hyogo prefectural Museum of Art, Japan


Domani: The Art of Tomorrow 2013, The National Art Center, Tokyo

Paris Photo, Los Angeles, Gallery MEM, Paramount Pictures Studios, Los Angeles


Summer Group Show, MEM Gallery, Tokyo

MEM at Tokyo Front Line, Tokyo


Gallery Artists Group Show, Tokyo

Paris Photo, MEM Gallery


Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum, NY


Take Two. Worlds and Views: Contemporary Art from the Collection, MoMA, NY

36 photographers of the Kimura Ihei Award, Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa Diverse Ways of Happiness, Aichi Expo Aichi

Voca the Vision of Contemporary Art

The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo

Clean Brothers of Art, Sumiso, Osaka Manufactured Self, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

mot annual

life actually, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo


Art Program: Diverse Ways of Happiness, Spiral, Tokyo


Spiral Take Art Collection 2004 supported by Maison Moet, Spiral, Tokyo Upright Female, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston

About Face: Photography and the Death of the Portrait, Hayward Gallery, London Out of the Ordinary/Extraordinary: Japanese Contemporary Photography, Japanisches Kultur Institut, Koeln, Germany

Look into it! 4 Expressions of Photography, Hamada Childrens Museum of Art, Shimane

Mediarena: Contemporary Art from Japan, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

About Face: Photography and the Death of the Portrait, Hayward Gallery, London Je t envisage: La disparition du portrait, Musee de l Elysee, Lausanne

Identity, Sepia International Gallery, New York


Womens Core Playgame, Z Platz Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

Cara a Cara, Culturgest Center, Lisbon, Portugal

Geometry of the Face, National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark Keep in Touch: Positions in Japanese Photography, Ausstellung Exhibition, Camera Austria, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria Girl! Girl! Girl!, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo

Art Court Frontier 2003, Artcourt Gallery, Osaka 2003 How Human: Life in the Post-Genome Era, International Center of Photography, NY

Futuring Power, Caso, Osaka

Character and Choice: Nikki Lee, Yasumasa Morimura, Tomoko Sawada, Japan Society, New York


Who? Me?: Role-Play in Self-Portrait Photography, Zabriskie Gallery, New York Portraits, The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka Stay with Art: Green at Window, Hotel T Point, Osaka

The Year of New Work: Contemporary Asian Photography, Japan Society, NY photoGENEsis: Opus 2, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara

Futuring Power, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo

Asian Crossing, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto-Taegu Art and Culture, Taegu Polytechnic College, Taegu, Korea

The Self, Photo Espana 2002, Madrid, Spain

Chameleon Dreams: Trans/Forming Identity in Contemporary Japanese Photography, Julie Friedman Gallery, Chicago

Eye Record of Daily Life, Minakuchi Culture and Art Center, Shiga


The NCP Exhibition in Kyoto 2001, Gallery Raku, Kyoto

Myself/Yourself, Galerie P, Brussels Photography, Contemporary Art Center, Osaka


New Cosmos of Photography, Modapolitica, Tokyo

Narcisse Blesse, Passage de Retz, Paris


Fifteen Young Photographers, Gallerie Maronie, Kyoto



29th Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award

The 20th Annual International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Young Photographer


Canon New Cosmos of Photography 2000 [special prize]

Public Collections:

The Museum of Modern Art, New York International Center of Photography, New York

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge

Joy of Giving Something, Inc., New York Norton Family Collection

MAK, Vienna, Austria

The Essl Collection, Klosternerberg, Austria

LaSalle Bank, Illinois

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California