Kayako Nakashima


Born in Kyoto,Japan(1990), lives and works in Akita.

Kayako Nakashima makes installation works that interrogate the distances and relationships between people, taking as her motifs walls, borders and other barriers. In an era when we can connect with others easily without actually meeting, Nakashima is rethinking the nature of communication.

artist who to date has put together numerous exhibits at regional art festivals, using sites such as vacant houses and natural light. In recent years, she has expanded her activities to include exhibitions at White Cube and collaborative projects with other artists.

In 2021, she received the 15th Shiseido art egg award  from the Shiseido Gallery in Japan.

Her solo exhibitions include "Hedgehogs"at the Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo (2021); "Talk to the wall"at the gallery 16, Kyoto (2021). She has also participated in numerous international exhibitions such as Oku-Noto International Art Festival (2021), Fremantle Biennale (2019), Fault line art festival Taiwan(2019), Setouchi Triennale (2013, 2016) and Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (2015, 2012).




 2023  「When we talk about us, 」Akita city cultural creation center (Akita)

2023  「TOKYO BIENNALE 2023」 (Tokyo)

2023  「How I feel is not your problem, period.」 Museum of contemporary art Tokyo(Tokyo)

2023  「#SP_RING_2023」 (Akita)

2022   Messengers: TAV & TOKAS 15th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition(Taipei, Taiwan)

2022   “What to talk about when we talk about us” BIYONG POINT(Akita)

2021   15th Shiseido art egg Kayako Nakashima solo exhibition "Hedgehogs" (Tokyo)

2021   "Talk to the wall" Kayako Nakashima solo exhibition in Gallery16 (Kyoto)

2021   "Oku-Noto Triennale 2020+" (Ishikawa, Japan)

2019   "FREMANTLE BIENNALE 2019"(Perth, Australia)

2019   "気配と存在" A-Lab (Hyogo, Japan)

2019   "Fault line art festival"  (Hualien, Taiwan)

2018   "Compiling behaviors, digesting actions" Creator-in-Residence2018 Exhibition. Tokyo Arts and Space Gallery (Tokyo)

2018   "Sculpture by the sea2018" (Perth, Australia )

2017   "Treasure Hill residency artists solo exhibition 2017" season 4 (Taipei, Taiwan)

2017   Discover premium green "Tea plantation viewing 2017" (Kyoto, Japan)

2017   "Rokko Meets Art 2017"  ( Kobe, Japan)

2017   "Takamijima-Kyoto: On the Far Side of Daily Life" Gallery FLEUR(Kyoto, Japan)

2017  "Sculpture by the sea2017" (Perth, Australia )

2016   "Open call for art project ideas 2016", 

           Hiroshima city museum of contemporary art (Hiroshima, Japan) 

2016  "Setouchi Triennale 2016" (Kagawa, Japan)

2015   "Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2015" (Niigata, Japan)

2014   "Art Setouchi 2014" (Kagawa, Japan)

2013   "Setouchi Triennale 2013" (Kagawa, Japan)

2012   "Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2012" (Niigata, Japan) 



2021   15th Shiseido art egg award

2017  Tokyo Arts and Space : Exchange Residency Program, Treasure Hill Taipei artist village  (Taipei, Taiwan)

2016  Ryo Sawayama Award : Open call for art project ideas 2016



2021  [Bright House] (Suzu, Ishikawa, Japan)

2013  [Transition House] (Takamijima, Kagawa, Japan)

2016  [Time falls] (Takamijima, Kagawa, Japan


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2019  Garden City Kokura



2020, PhD Inter media Art, Tokyo University of the Arts. 

2015, MFA Inter media Art, Tokyo University of the Arts. 

2013, BA Oil Painting course, Kyoto Seika University.