Kumi Oguro

lives and work in Antwerp, Belgium





2006 - 2007:   Filmstudies en Beeldcultuur (Film studies and Image culture),
                       University of Antwerp

2003 - 2005:   Transmedia, Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel,
                       Postgraduate Program in Arts+Media+Design

1999 - 2003:   Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen (Photography)

1997 - 1998:   City of Westminster College, London, England
                       BTEC Higher National Certificate in Art and Design (Photography)

1996 - 1997:   Blake College, London, England, College Diploma in Photography



Solo Exhibitions


2021:    HESTER,  POETIC SCAPE, Tokyo 
             Mini exhibition celebrating the publication of HESTER, ARTDYNE, Tokyo


2019:    Kumi Oguro, Yuuki Takagi Duo Exhibition, ARTDYNE, Tokyo


2018:    Violence Silencieuse, Pulchri Studio, Den Haag (Duo with Joris Link)


2017:    Violence Silencieuse, NL=US Art, Rotterdam (Duo with Joris Link)

             Several Shapes of Poison, AIP galerij, Hoboken


2016:    THERE IS ONLY THE REAL, IBASHO, Antwerp (Duo with Sarah van Marcke)


2014:    Galerie Albus Lux, Roosendaal

             Double jeu, Gallery NavArt, Sint-Niklaas (Duo with Laure Forêt)


2012:    Stieglitz19, Antwerp
             Captive of Art, Surface, Tokyo

             Play, POETIC SPACE, Tokyo
             BAZART OFFICE, Liège
             Galerie Albus Lux, Roosendaal (Duo with Aleksandra Chaushova)


2011:    Exchange Tokyo→Osaka, Kumi Oguro惻Satoshi Nishizawa 2 person's exhibition
             The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka  


2010:    Galerie Albus Lux, Roosendaal 
             NOISE (by photta-lot), NADAR/OSAKA
             NOISE SANAGI FINE ARTS, Tokyo
             NOISE (by photta-lot), NADAR/SHIBUYA355, Tokyo
             Cultuurcentrum Hasselt


2009:    Galerie Albus Lux, Roosendaal (Duo with Danielle Lemaire)

             NOISE, Espace photographique Contretype, Brussels     




2005:    Foto Antwerpen 2005, fst forward, Antwerp
             (Duo with Tom Woestenborghs)


2004:    Vitrine, Raamgalerie voor beeldendekunst, Bruges


2003 - 2005:   Blood Sisters, Fotografie Circuit Vlaanderen, Cultural Centers in Flanders



Selected Group Exhibitions


2024:   Panta Rhei: Alles Stroomt, CURRENT, Antwerp

            Femmes Objectif Japon, Galerie Art Now Projects, Carouge-Genève

            Rotterdam Photo 2024 IMAGINE


2023:   The Shutter Hub OPEN 23/24, ARB, Cambridge University, Cambridge

            icon CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY 2023, AXIS Gallery, Tokyo

            IN TOUCH, ONBOARDS BIENNALE 2023, Antwerp

            FEARS & DESIRES, the Force of the Subconscious Mind, Black Swan Gallery, Brugge

            10 YEARS, WHAT A SURPRISE! Part 1, Eva Steynen.Deviation(s), Antwerp



             een zee van tijd / a sea of time, Villa Les Zéphyrs, Middelkerke


2021 :    The Photo Book as Object, IBASHO, Antwerp

              Marie Peeters drinks Sparkling Water. The exploring voyage of beauty and chance. INBOX, M HKA, Antwerp

              ONBOARDS Biennale 2021, Antwerp

              THE FEMALE SIDE OF THE MOON, Galerie-z22, Berlin


2020:     Winter Group Show  In this day and age, ARTDYNE; Tokyo

              EXI(S)T: Parcours photographique dans Bruxelles (dé)confinée / Fotografisch parcours door Brussel in anderhalvemetertijd)

              Neko. The Cat in Japanese Art, Japan Museum SieboldHuis, Leiden


2019:     Summer Show, ARTDYNE, Tokyo

              Neko Project, IBASHO, Antwerp

              BREAK A LEG: Performance-based & Constructed Imagery, Arkansas


2018:     Female Force from Japan, Lakenhal, Herentals

              The Homecoming, 252 cc, Ekeren (Antwerp)

              Boundaries // International Photography Exhibition, University of West Bohemia in Plzen (with a publication NOISE)



              Cultuurcentrum Mechelen (Curated by Jan Van Woensel)

              SPACE, Littlefield, NYC, organized by Float Photo Magazine

              FEMALE FORCE FROM JAPAN, IBASHO, Antwerp


              Regina Mundi Klooster, Genk (Curated by Jan Van Woensel)

              EUtopia 28, Museumcultuur Strombeek/Gent


2016-17: FotoFilmic '16 Los Angeles, Melbourne, Vancouver


2016:    Japanese Photography, presented by IBASHO & The Gallery Club, Amsterdam

             Traverse Vidéo : l’Atypique Trouble, Toulouse (with the support of Flanders)

             IMPRESSIONS JAPONAISES, Contretype, Brussels


2015:    IBASHO Pop-up, HAL, Borgerhout


2014:    BRUGGE FOTO 14 / ASIA EXPRESS, Bruges

             Pleisterplekken - Jeugdinstellingen tussen romantiek en trauma

             Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent

             BORG 2014 Biennial event for contemporary art, Antwerp


2012:    OVERSEAS 2012” -Photographers choosing the world-
             RING CUBE, Tokyo


2011:    NON, PAS CE SOIR, The Museum of Ixelles, Brussels

             The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels               

             [Don't] Mind the Body , Oever 21, Antwerp
             Tussen hond en wolf / Entre chien et loup, DE MARKTEN, Brussels   


2009:    overview, Botanique, Brussels
             Monique Jacot, Carla van de Puttelaar, Kumi Oguro, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris
             Encontros da Imagem, Braga (Portugal)     


2008:    Beeldende Bewegingen - Imaging Movements, Echo.Base, Antwerpen
             3 Frauen, Belgisch Huis, Cologne
             A Private History, The Victor Barsokevitsch Photographic Centre, Kuopio
             CANVASCOLLECTIE, Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels


2007:    De Harry Pennings estafetteprijs, Galerie Pennings, Eindhoven
             A Private History, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen
             Temporary City, Lokeren


2006:    Photo Event 2006, de Warande, Turnhout
             FOTOGRAFIECIRCUIT VLAANDEREN : EEN SELECTIE 2003-2006, Fotomuseum, Antwerp

             Beautiful Nothing (Transmedia presentation), Beurs Schouwburg, Brussels


2005:    underdogs/superdogs, Munte (Merelbeke)     


2004:    Poor Little Creatures, fst forward, Antwerpen
             Traces, Ateliers Mommen, Brussels
             Go!, Liquidacion Total, Madrid     



Art fairs


2022               Art Fair Asia Fukuoka (by ARTDYNE)

2021               Art The Hague (by NL=US Art)

2020               Fresh Eyes Photo Fair (by NL=US Art)

                       3331 ART FAIR 2020 (by ARTDYNE)

                       Haute Photographie Rotterdam (by IBASHO)

2018               photo basel (by IBASHO)
                       Haute Photographie Stockholm (by IBASHO)

2016               BAD – Belgium art and design (by Albus Lux Contemporary), Ghent
2013               Tokyo Photo (by Galerie Esther Woerdehoff)
2012               fotofever (by stieglitz 19)

2008               Paris Photo (by Galerie Esther Woerdehoff)




2022      Shortlist with the book HESTER, Belfast Photo Festival 

2021      Nomination Fine Art Professional category, Fine Art Photography Awards

2018      Longlist, The Aesthetica Art Prize 2018

2017      Finalist, The Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition 160

2016      FotoFilmic’16 Awards, 4th Place ADOX Equipment Prize Winner & Honorable Mention

              Shortlist, Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Competition, category "Staged"

              Finalist, 2016 Photobook Melbourne Photo Award, #memory_archive

2014      Prix VIRGINIA, Sélection du jury





2021      HESTER, Duffel, Stockmans Art Books

2010      Portraits de jambes, dans la photographie contemporaine, Paris, Eyrolles

2008      NOISE kumi oguro, Brussels, le caillou bleu





Tokyo Photographic Art Museum