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Hanako Murakami

For the past two decades, Hanako Murakami (born 1984 in Tokyo, lives in Paris) has been pursuing a vast investigation into the beginnings of photography. Combining research and poetry, Hanako Murakami fuels her work with in-depth studies of historical media, alternative photographic techniques and typographic printing. Her works produce situations in which historical facts and contemporary hypotheses are intertwined.


Graduated from the University of Tokyo and the Tokyo University of the Arts, Hanako Murakami continued her studies at Le Fresnoy - Studio national d'art contemporain. She lives and works in Paris. Her major exhibitions include Du désir de voir, Pola Museum, Hakone, Japan (2022); From Here to There, Japan Society, New York (2020); La Photographie à l'épreuve de l'abstraction, FRAC Normandie, Rouen, France (2020); Conception, Rencontres d'Arles, France (2019); CRITERIUM 96 : Hanako Murakami, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan (2019); The Perfect, House of Culture of Japan, Paris, France (2016); The Capital Room: Beyond Three-Dimensional Logical Images: Hanako Murakami, Galerie M, Tokyo (2015); Practice of Everyday Life, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan (2011); Tokyo Story, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo (2010).

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