Kumi Hiroi is a Japanese artist/graphic designer based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She uses a variety of media to visualise narratives, with the common theme of the gaze – the relationship between the viewer and the seen, and between humans and the environment. Combining literature research, fieldwork on the culture, history and environment specific to a particular region with her imagination, she creates works that carefully depict the complex layers of her research subjects and critique their 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 What We See and What We Tell, Hachinohe Book Center & Hachinohe Art Museum, Hachinohe, JP

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

2022 What we See and What we Tell, Hachinohe Book Center, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tokyo, Dutch Creative Industry Fund

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 Ping Pong, Dutch Litrature Foundation, Dutch Creative Industry Fund


PUBLICATION

2022 Someone is always watching

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

 

2017 Remodeling