Aya Imamura is a visual artist, living and working in Berlin. Since receiving her M.A. in Fine Arts from Kyoto Seika University in 2008, she has been working in printmaking, photography and mixed media. In 2015, she is the recipient of a fellowship from Pola Art foundation and researching gender/queer theory in film/photography at Institute for History and Theory of Design in University of Art Berlin.

Recent Exhibitions
"POLA Museum Annex Exhibition 2018" Group exhibition, POLA Museum Annex, Tokyo, 2018
"History is Ours – Portrayals of Women in Media" Duo exhibition, Japanese-German Center Berlin, 2017
"Connected in Art – 25 Jahre Mecklenburgisches Künstlerhaus Schloss Plüschow" Group exhibition, Schloss Plüschow, Germany 2015
"The Beauty of Kyoto. The Beauty of the Collection. To the Beauty of Tomorrow" Group exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, 2013
"in.print.out - Grafik in/auswendig" Group exhibition, Künstlerhaus, Wien, 2013

Awards, Grants
Nomura Foundation scholarship (2016)
Pola Art Foundation scholarship (2015)
Grants, Sculpture Space resident, founded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, USA (2014)

About works / performance

The relationship between media and image and the viewpoint of how iconography and visual media have influenced the society. - This is the starting point for Aya Imamura. Her works primarily appropriate motifs from Christian iconography, symbolic metaphors in paintings or old photography. By these images and putting them into new contexts in various medias, she pursues a reflexive archaeology of the uses of imagery. Imamura is interested in images with visual undertone, such as a woman with veil, representaions of a naked body or romanticisised sexism or exoticised racial concept. With analytical view point, She reflects the deceptive imagery that shapes our everyday lives and norms, she reveals the tension between images and our perspective in her work.

installation view、2018、Pola Anex Museum, Tokyo

Double, 5500 A4 sized papers, vice, Sculpture Space Inc, founded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, USA

SCOPOPHILIA,installation view、2017、JDBZ, Berlin

SCOPOPHILIA, silkscreen / 800×550×3㎜

Kaleidoscope, mirrors, video projection

Kaleidoscope, mirrors, video projection