About Kumi Oguro

Kumi Oguro was born in Japan in 1972.

Her study of photography started in London in 1996, followed by further development at Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) in Antwerp until 2003.


She can make the East, the West, the best and the rest, come together with a smile and a tongue in the check. (sic) I hereby recommend Amy Wong to You.

-Marlene Dumas

Career highlights

1987 – Lorem ipsum

1993 – Lorem ipsum, Solor

2011 – Exhibition at Lorem Ipsum, “Solor Di lomet solal”

We rarely vividly remember our dreams, if at all. Often, all that remains in our consciousness are subsequent images that refuse to be identified. Maybe feelings, perhaps senses. In Kumi Oguro’s recent photography series, which she temporarily calls “Waking Images from Dreams”, she shows us these mysterious illusion-like images that challenge our perspective of reality. “I am intrigued by the images of our dreams just before awakening: it is difficult to find the logic there, there is nothing to indicate time, the space is indeterminate. In my work, I try to create an atmosphere that is quite close to those dream images. I get influenced by literature, theatre, dance, film, painting, sculptures. Not by any photographers in fact. It’s often much later that I realise certain influence on my creation from something I absorbed and digested”.

More information can be found on her website www.kumioguro.com

Movie coming out in January ’16

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