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Mio Okido (born in 1986, Japan) is interested in miscommunication and conflicts between people, especially those caused by difference in social class, race, ideology, nationality or cultural identity. She uses a variety of media and techniques, including two-dimensional works, installations, and action pieces, to produce art works questioning these themes to society.

Currently her focus is on the role tragedies of political conflicts and wars play in damaged communities and a potential for them to create hostility and new problems. What kinds of narratives originate from these histories and how are they used to support their ideology and to reinforce their hostility.


She has recently completed works and projects on the history of the Japanese Empire as non-white regional imperialist and colonialist, the current assessment of that history by Japan and other Asian countries, Asian Germans’ understanding of modern Asian history and their cultural identity, and fragmentation of German national identity due to the division of the country.




Institut Art in Context, Berlin University of the Arts, Master of Arts, 2021

(Focus: theories of public art and culture of remembrance)

Fine Art, Weissensee Academy of Art Berlin, Diplom of Arts, 2017

Intermedia Art, Tokyo University of the Arts, Bachelor of Arts, 2014



Selected group exhibitions 

Ambivalent Landscapes: More than Representations, Museum of Asian Art of Berlin State Museums, 2022

40 Jahre Kunst im Kontext, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), Berlin, 2019

Kunst im Untergrund 2018: Plakat politisch machen, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), 2018

KUNST + PROJEKTE Sindelfingen — ZEITKAPSEL, City Museum Sindelfingen, Germany, 2016



Selected solo exhibitions

Galerie Irrgang, Leipzig, 2022

SOMA Art Space Berlin, 2022

SOMA Art Space Berlin, 2021


Promotion of projects for contemporary history and culture of remembrance, Senate Department for Culture and Europe of Berlin, 2023

Project grants, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, 2022

Elsa Neumann Scholarship, State Berlin, 2022

Graduation scholarship for international students, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2020

Project grants, Commission for Artistic and Scientific Projects at Berlin University of the Arts, 2020

Grants for overseas training of young artists, Pola Art Foundation, Japan, 2020

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