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Sungazing, California Institute of Integral Studies, CA

The Beginning, In the Land Around Me, Gregory Allicar Museum/c4fap, Fort Collins, CO


Each Tolling Sun, Hilliard Art Museum, LA

Teach Me How To Love This World, Stamp Gallery UoM College Park, MD

Shaded Remnants, Baltimore World Trade Center (Top of the World), MD

Black Box: Cat, FAR & Florida State University MoFA, FL



Recovery to Normal Existence, The Halide Project, PA

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

Our Looming Ground Zero, Creative Alliance, MD


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

Atomic Sentence, Harmony Hall Regional Center, DC



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

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

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

Afterimage Requiem, Baltimore War Memorial, MD

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

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






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



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




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.