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About the Artist

Born in Japan but raised for many years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fumiko studied fine art at Central St. Martins before studying photography and fashion styling at The London College of Fashion. She is now best known for her self portrait photography in which she is often accompanied in her images by her identical but wholly fictional twin sister. In 2018 she began a collaboration with Jonathan Anderson on Loewe campaigns and various contributions for the brand’s biannual cultural publication. Her vivacious and appealing images are regularly included in other fashion publications. Since 2005 she has published over ten books of her photography and exhibited extensively worldwide. She now lives in Hitachi, Japan.

Client List

  • Cecilie Bahnsen
  • Cream
  • Dune
  • Dutch
  • Kiko Kostadinov
  • Loewe
  • Lula
  • Nylon
  • Repossi
  • RIKA
  • SSAW
  • The Ingenue Magazine
  • VICE
  • Violet Magazine
  • Vogue China

Books

Spider Drawings
Self Published
2018
I Shot Myself
Self Published
2015
LA
Self Published
2015
I’m Hungry - Portraits of Twelve Animals
Self Published
2014
Singaporedna
Self-Published
2012
I am difficult to make
Self Published
2011
Circa
New Accident
2011
I hate photography
Self Published
2009
Fumiko Imano 1977 - 2004
Self Published
2005

Exhibitions & Events

Solo Exhibitions

2020
‘somehow somewhere sometimes at some place for some reason’
Kosaku Kanechika GalleryTokyo, Japan
2019
‘LA Star - Fumiko Imano’
Kosaku Kanechika GalleryTokyo, Japan
2018
‘There is only one Fumiko’
Dover St MarketTokyo, Japan
2018
‘We Oui!’
Images VeveyVevey, Switzerland
2017
‘We Oui!’
Book MarcTokyo, Japan
2015
‘I Shot Myself’
Utrecht/Now IdeaTokyo, Japan
2014
‘Intermission’
ShashinkoushaTokyo, Japan
2014
‘I’m hungry’
Utrecht/Now IdeaTokyo, Japan
2014
‘I’m hungry’
Gallery TaigaNagoya, Japan
2014
‘I do it myself’ (Self Portraiture 1999 -2014) & ‘Don’t stop being you’ (Installation)
Contemporary Art CenterMito, Japan
2013
‘Plants and me’
FigueTokyo, Japan
2013
‘Lost and Found in my Heart’
Opening CeremonyShibuya, Tokyo, Japan
2013
‘My name is Passion’
Le LieuTokyo, Japan
2012
‘Fumiko Imano Singaporeana!’
Utrecht/Now IdeaTokyo, Japan
2012
‘Twins’ (Film Installation)
ASVOFF MILANMilan, Italy
2012
‘We Oui!’
M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, National Museum of SingaporeSingapore
2011
‘Fumiko Imano’
New AccidentKanazawa, Japan
2011
‘I hate Photography’ and ‘yes’ Screening
Rooftop CinemaMelbourne, Australia
2010
‘Hirondelle’ (Wearable Sculptures)
Utrecht/Now Idea, AmouleTokyo, Japan
2008
‘Icelandic Tour of Me!’ (Photographs and Videos)
Real Time Art FestivalReykjavik, Iceland
2007
‘Real Closet’ (video)
SHOWstudio.comLondon, UK
2006
‘I look at you’
Ideal BerlinBerlin, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
‘Plexus - The Project 8 Ball Community’ (Curated by Lele Saveli)
Unseen NicheAmsterdam, The Netherlands
2016
‘Mossless 4 Public/ Private/ Portrait’
Deli GalleryNew York, USA
2016
‘New Material - 8 Japanese Photographers’
Casemore Kirkeby GallerySan Francisco, USA
2015
‘Fumiko Imano’ (Representing Little Big Man Gallery)
PARIS PHOTO, Grand PalaisParis, France
2015
‘A LIE ABOUT A LIE; A TRUTH ABOUT A TRUTH’ (Curated by Tyrone Lebon)
Little Big Man GalleryLA, USA
2013
‘Vice Global Collaboration’
Diesel Art GalleryTokyo, Japan
2012
‘Triple Fantasy’
Mimi SpaceTaipei, Taiwan
2012
‘Triple Fantasy’
New AccidentKanazawa, Japan
2012
‘Triple Fantasy’
Shashin KoushaTokyo, Japan
2011
‘HOUYHNHNMGirls’
Impossible ProjectTokyo, Japan
2011
‘Feminine Artists Publications by Women in the US and Japan’
The Tokyo Art Book Fair, 3331 Arts Chiyoda Gallery SpaceTokyo, Japan

Awards & Prizes

2002
Finalist
International Festival of the Art of FashionHyeres, France