Kioto Aoki // 青木希音

Kioto is a Chicago-based artist whose visual art practice includes photography, film, books and installations to engage the material specificity of the analogue image and image-making process. using the nuances of time, space, form, light and motion, her work explores different modes of perception as it relates to the space between the still and the moving image; as well as the human body within the device of the photographic frame. Curatorial projects include the ongoing Chicago Obihiro Exchange Project, an initiative to cultivate international dialogue between contemporary artists from the Tokachi Region in Japan and Chicago. 

Kioto is also a taiko artist, descending from an okiya (geisha house) performing arts family in Tokyo –called Toyoakimoto– with roots dating back to the Edo period. Learning from her Tokyo-born father, Kioto is carrying on the artistic family lineage in Chicago, playing in both traditional and contemporary musical contexts. She leads Tsukasa Taiko, the Japanese drumming department at Asian Improv aRts Midwest and is active within the experimental and creative music communities in Chicago and the Bay Area.

She has exhibited in Chicago, Berlin, Lost Angeles, San Francisco, London and japan. Her work is held in the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Library. Musical projects include Yoko Ono’s SKYLANDING, Tatsu Aoki’s The MIYUMI Project, The Reduction Ensemble, and the Taiko Legacy / Reduction series at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Kioto is also a multi-year Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program Awardee from the Illinois Arts Council.