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Hiroki Yamamoto

Country(activity based):
United Kingdom
Visual Art


PhD at University of the Arts London in 2018 (Expected).

Recent 5 main activities (personal exhibitions, group exhibitions, concerts) are
-"Zones of Discomfort", group, Seoul Museum of Art Nanji Exhibition Hall, Seoul, 2016
-"On the Threshold: Formal Presence", group, Durham University Oriental Museum, Durham, 2016
-"Representation of Others, or Others of Representation", solo, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, 2015
-"Whose Game Is It?", group, Royal College of Art, London, 2015
-"Quid Pro Quo: Negotiating Futures", group, Changing Spaces, Cambridge, 2015

Other activities (including awards received) are
-Suntory Foundation Grant for Groundbreaking Young Researchers (2017)
-Nomura Foundation Grants for Arts and Culture (2016)
-Pola Foundation Grants for Overseas Study by Young Artists (2015)

Born in Chiba, Japan in 1986, Hiroki Yamamoto graduated in Social Science at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo in 2010 and completed his MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts (UAL), London in 2013. Yamamoto is currently a PhD candidate at University of the Arts London, and since 2013 he has worked at Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) as postgraduate research fellow.

About works / performance

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Representation of Others, 2015, Mixed-media installation, Size variable

Photo by Kai Maetani

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Representation of Others, 2015, Mixed-media installation, Size variable

Photo by Kai Maetani

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From Orientalism to Post-Orientalism, 2016, Mixed-media installation, Size variable

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Shed Light on the Unwritten History, 2014, Art project, Size variable
Photo by Kakeru Okada

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Reproducing Arte Povera in the Third World, 2013, Art project, Size variable
Photo by Jason Metcalf


Both as a researcher and an artist, I am interested in investigating the forms and modalities of ‘modernities’ especially the ones in East Asia. In particular, I am interested in how those (plural) modernities of the region have been generated through the intricate entanglement with the contested history of war and colonisation. As a researcher, I have mainly explored socially and politically engaged practices in contemporary East Asian art, using the knowledge and methodologies of such disciplines as Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Theory and Subaltern Studies. I have also, as a visual artist, conducted a number of projects aiming to render visible the otherwise invisible remaining ramifications of war and colonisation in many East Asian countries and regions.