Kahori Kamiya was born in Nagoya, Japan and moved to New York, where she received her MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts.
Her collage paintings, sculptures, and videos spotlight preconceived notions from opposite perspectives. This Yin and Yang approach is rooted in her upbringing within the shadow of the Japanese financial crisis. Experiencing both the boom and the life-altering bust, she reflects this duality in her works as domestic-public, transient-eternal, and sub-mass culture.
Kahori has participated in both national as well as international exhibitions and film/video festivals including I Like Your Work, (2020)- https://www.ilikeyourworkpodcast.com/2020congruence ; DIY Cultures, London (2017); FILMEDIO, Index Art Gallery, Newark (2017); Where We Are, Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck (2017); Wait for Red, Otherwise sink or fly -solo exhibition, Prospect Gallery, Australia (2014); Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn (2012); the 14th Media Art Biennale Alternative Now, Poland (2011); Soho 20 Chelsea Gallery, New York (2010).
In 2020, she will be showing her works at the AD Art show by MvVO at the Westfield World Trade Center - Oculus in NYC. Also, she will be participating in the summer residency program at the Carrie Able Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
Face Mask for 2020
*Winner at Hudson Valley Museum contest
Acrylic, enamel, wood, fabric, studs, silk flower
15” h x 10” w x 10” d
For the Pandemic, Kahori made a sculptural face mask. This is an extension of her previous works that explored the concept of social armor through wearable sculptures and collage paintings. She was inspired to make this face mask by people who fight the coronavirus, isolation, and feeling of loss.