Mami Kosemura is a contemporary artist who uses photography and animation to explore the confluence of painting, video and photography, referring to classical European motifs and traditional subjects such as Japanese painting.
Her early works revolved focused on video works that could be described as "moving still life", which used the stop-motion technique to record still life on a table over a long period of time. The act of reproducing the pseudo-space depicted in a two-dimensional painting in a three-dimensional real space and continuously watching its transformation is a kind of replication of a painting using a camera.
Afterwards, she developed the experience she gained through those early experiments into a video installation and then photographic work. Then, she has developed her work to reflect her own perspective on the question, "What is painting?” and “What is seeing itself?”
In recent years, she has produced a series of concise and perceptive works with a greater variety of time expression and form, including video works using super-slow-motion photography, photographic works that compress long duration phenomena into a single photograph, picture scroll-type photographs and a series of sequential photographs.
Her work exposes the fragility of human assumptions and social conceptions by vividly recreating the false and idealized pictorial world of classical painting. Furthermore, the dynamics of disappearance reflect an aesthetic sense of impermanence and imperfection.
Mami Kosemura was born in 1975 in Kanagawa. In 2005, she graduated from the Tokyo National University of the Arts with a D.A. in painting. In addition to solo exhibition at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan, 2018, she has participated in many group exhibitions in Japan and abroad. In Japan, these include the MOT Annual 2004 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo), NIHONGA Painting (Yokohama Museum of Art, 2006) and SELF and OTHER: Portrait from Asia and Europe (National Museum of Art, Osaka, Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, 2009). Overseas exhibitions include Projected Realities: Video Art from East Asia (Asia Society Museum, NY, 2006), East of Eden (The Freer and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington DC, 2007), International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale (Korea, 2009), Mind as Passion (Taipei Fine Art Museum, 2009), Now Japan (Kunsthal KAdE, Netherlands, 2013), and Kuandu Biennale 2014 (Taipei). Kosemura has been extending the range of her activities to include, for example, a collaboration with composers at Carnegie Hall for a 150th anniversary event in New York in 2017.
Major awards received by the artist include Nomura Award from the Nomura Arts and Culture Foundation (2004) and the 26nd Gotoh Cultural Award of the Gotoh Memorial Foundation (2015).
Kosemura’s art is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, The University Art Museum of Tokyo National University of the Arts, Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi, Asia Society Museum (New York) and Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (Taipei).