• Born 1968 in Kagoshima, Japan
  • Based in Akita, Japan

Takamine Tadasu lays bare buried issues in society through the prism of his own personal experiences and physical sensitivities, employing various media including video, installation and stage performance. Created at the site of a former manganese mine which still bears traces of Japan’s history of Korean forced labor, A Lover from Korea is a work inspired by his relationship with his partner. Another work, The Unwelcomed, takes as its theme an immigrant ship washed ashore on a nearby coast. Both works are laced with a sense of pain and frustration coming from the artist himself—emotions which can’t be dismissed as mere empathy for others. Placing his audience in uncomfortable situations, Takamine pointedly calls into question their sense of belonging, while conveying, through untrained, awkward bodies, an underlying warm, naive humanity that longs for others.

Selected Works

Tadasu Takamine’s Cool Japan (solo), Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
Too Far To See (solo), Ikon Gallery, London and others
Aichi Triennale 2010, Arts and Cities, Aichi, Japan
Z.O.U. - Zone of Urgency, Arsenale, 50th Venice Biennial, Dreams and Conflicts, Venice, Italy
A Lover from Korea (solo), NPO Tanba Manganese Memorial, Kyoto, Japan
  • The Unwelcomed, 2018, Japan Media Arts Festival in Kyoto Exhibition: Ghost, ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
  • Courtesy of the artist