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This Place is a Message, Artyard Contemporary Art Center, NJ

Our Looming Ground Zero, Creative Alliance, MD

Recovery to Normal Existence, The Halide Project, PA

Aborning New Light, Denver Theater District: The People’s Projector, CO

Atomic Sentence, Harmony Hall Regional Center, DC

Archives Aflame, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), NC

 

Afterimage Requiem, Baltimore War Memorial, MD

Only What We Can Carry, IA&A at Hillyer (Hillyer Art Space), DC

Infertile American Dream, 14x48 Art Billboard (215 Woodpoint Rd), NYC

It Made Angels Out of Everybody, Masur Museum of Art, LA

7th Manifest One Award: Kei Ito, Manifest Gallery, OH

Sungazing, California Institute of Integral Studies, CA

KEI ITO

Kei Ito, Untitled, C-print, 2020, 10 x 8 inches

KEI ITO

BIOGRAPHY

Lives and works in Baltimore, MD.

Tokyo, Japan, 1991

MFA Photographic & Electronic Media, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
BFA Professional Photographic Illustration & Fine Art Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Resides

Education

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Kei Ito is a visual artist working primarily with cameraless image making and installation. Ito’s work addresses issues of deep loss and intergenerational connection through the exploration of inherited trauma, passed down from his late grandfather, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. Ito utilizes the materiality and experimental processes of photography to make visible the invisible: radiation, life and death, and memory. In a recent body of work, unique, cameraless abstractions can be read simultaneously as the trace of an obliterated body, the bomb falling from the Enola Gay, or as an overhead view of the craters produced by these weapons of mass destruction. These possibilities—the body, the weapon, the results seen from high above—offer three access points for viewers or the confluence of all of them. Powerful to the point of deep sorrow and pain, these haunting images cross time, reflecting both Ito’s fear of and his grandfather’s experiences with the presence of
potential catastrophe. His work meditates on the complexity of his identity and heritage through examining the past and current threats of nuclear disaster and his present status as a US immigrant. His practice utilizes ritualistic image making where each print is a prayer for the future.

SELECTED WORKS

PUBLICATIONS

EXHIBITIONS

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OD Photo Prize 2021,Open Door Gallery, London, UK

Sunshine Prints,
New Orleans Photo Alliance, LA

Unbound 10!,
Candela Gallery, VA

Darkest Before Dawn: Art in A Time of Uncertainty, Ethan Cohen KuBe, NY

Elongated Shadows, Apexart, NYC

From Before to Now, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, UT

New Talents, PEP(Photographic Exploration Project), B-Part Gallery, Berlin

What Does Democracy Look Like?, Museum of Contemporary Photography, IL

Out of the Box: Camera-less Photography, The Norton Museum of Art, FL

Dear Leader, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA

Ghostly Traces: Memory and Mortality in Contemporary Photography, Vicki Myhren Gallery at University of Denver, CO

In This Body of Mine, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, WI

Times of Perception, KMAC Gallery at Stevenson University, MD

InLight Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1708 Gallery, VA

Fotofocus Biennial 2018: Nuclear Fallout, Antioch College, OH

The Noorderlicht Summer: Opera Spanga Aida, Noorderlicht: House of Photography, Netherland

What Keeps You Up at Night, Mendocino College Art Gallery, CA

Re:Collection, Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), IL

Slow Form, School 33 Art Center, MD

3rd International Exhibition on Conceptual Art, CICA Museum, South Korea


54rd Annual Juried Competition, Masur Museum of Art, LA

Wave Pool 44th Group Exhibition, Field Projects Chelsea Gallery, NYC

Moments, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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523 N. Charles St.

Baltimore, MD, 21201

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