Kumi Hiroi is a Japanese artist/designer based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is interested in assembling narratives by using diverse range of media spanning photography, text, textiles and glass. The stories have the common themes of ‘the gaze’: the relationship between the viewer and the seen, the relationship between humans and the environment and the adjustment and modification of nature to suit human desires.

She combines literature research, fieldwork on the unique culture and history of a particular region with her imagination to create works that visualise the complex layers of her research subjects and critique the underlying structures.


contact: kumi.hiroi[at]gmail.com



EDUCATION

2005 – 2008 BA Graphic Design, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, NL

2003 Orientation course, Central Saint Martins, UK

1999 – 2002 BA Economic, Saitama University, Saitama, JP


GROUP EXHIBITION

2021 Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi, Tokuko Ushioda, Mari Katayama, Maiko Haruki, Mayumi Hosokura, and Your Perspectives, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, JP

2018 Master of Change, State of Fashion, Arnhem, NL

2018 Master of Change, State of Fashion, B&BB, Berlin, DE

2013 Fernweh, Depot BG, Amsterdam, NL

2013 Fernweh, Dynamo Expo, Enschede, NL

2013 Kind of Scarf, Dutch Design Week 2013, Eindhoven, NL


SOLO/DUO EXHIBITION

2022 Tulip Mania, Bradwolff Projects, Amsterdam, NL

2019 Parel Silhouet, IMA Gallery, Tokyo, JP

2019 Parel Silhouet, Nagasaki Prefectural Museum, Nagasaki, JP

2019 Parel Silhouet, Nagasaki Holland Village, Nagasaki, JP

2017 Remodeling, Maison/ by Teruhiro Yanagihara, Osaka, JP

2017 Remodeling, Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam, NL


GRANT

2021 Tulip Mania, Stichting Stokroos, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK)

2020 Remodeling Shiseido Gallery edition, Dutch Creative Industry Fund

2018 Parel Shilhouet, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tokyo, Dutch Creative Industry Fund

2018 Remodeling Exhibition, Master of Change, Han Nefkins foundation, Prins Claus Fund

2018 Ping Pong, Dutch Litrature Foundation, Dutch Creative Industry Fund


PUBLICATION

2021 Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi, Tokuko Ushioda, Mari Katayama, Maiko Haruki, Mayumi Hosokura, and Your Perspectives

2017 Remodeling