tomotosi

  • Born 1983 in Yamaguchi
  • Based in Tokyo

tomotosi studied architectural engineering at Toyohashi University of Technology, and attended the Genron Chaos*Lounge New Art School. He applies an exquisitely balanced approach to his photography, video, and installations, which focus on the imperfection of cities. He is known for works that reveal the hidden interstices of the city, and that involve taking new actions which break unwritten social rules. For Buying a 7-Eleven at 7-Eleven, the artist photographed a 7-Eleven store opposite a gallery where he was exhibiting work and “copied and pasted” it onto the outside of the gallery (this was all done with the store’s printing services, and stationery bought there). By showing society’s reactions of acceptance or rejection of the sense of incongruity that he brings about, tomotosi presents alternative relationships between people and their city.

Selected Works

2018
tttv(solo), chuohonsengarou, Tokyo, Japan
2017
DailyPortalZ the Rookie of the Year Award, Second prize
2016
WIRED CREATIVE HACK AWARD 2016, Finalist
  • Buying a 7-Eleven at 7-Eleven, 2018
  • Courtesy of the artist