Kahori Kamiya makes art to heal human trauma and inherent violence. She works across sculpture, collage, painting, video, and performance. All of her works are rooted in her memories, experiences, and suffer. She investigates how her experience connects with broader social issues such as gender roles. She uses symbolic motifs, patterns, and unique materials to explore opposing themes of suffering/healing, beauty/vulnerability, and formation/destruction. 

Kamiya was born in Nagoya, Japan and moved to New York, where she received her second MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts. She is a recipient of the Face mask Award from Hudson Valley Contemporary Museum in 2020, the 1st Prize at ANTE Mag in 2021, and ISCP Residency Program expecting to start next year.

Kamiya has been participating in both national as well as international exhibitions including Woodstock Artists Association Museum in NY, Van Der Plas Gallery in NY, Oculus Westfield World Trade Center, Carrie Able Gallery in Brooklyn, I Like Your Work Online Exhibition, DIY Cultures in London, Prospect Gallery in Australia, Dumbo Arts Festival in Brooklyn, the 14th Media Art Biennale Alternative Now in Poland, and Pärnu International Film & Video Festival in Estonia. 

This year,  she will also exhibit at the Lacuna International Contemporary Art Festival, Radiator Gallery, and Amos Eno Gallery where she is a member since 2020.

Face Mask for 2020 

Acrylic, enamel, wood, fabric, studs, silk flower 
15” h x 10” w x 10” d 
For the Pandemic, Kamiya made a sculptural face mask. This is an extension of her previous works that explored the concept of social armor through wearable sculptures. She was inspired to make this face mask by people who fight the coronavirus, isolation, and feeling of loss. (Museum Awarded work)

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