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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, ideology, nationality, cultural and political identity. She uses a variety of media and techniques, including two-dimensional art, installation art, action pieces and art projects, to produce works questioning these themes.

Currently her focus is on the role of tragedies caused by political conflicts and wars which play in damaged communities and a potential that they could create new problems: What kinds of narratives originate from them, how they support the ideology of people and would reinforce their hostility.


She has recently completed works and projects on the history of the Japanese Empire as non-white imperialist and colonialist in Asia, the current assessment of it 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 for 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


City Museum Sindelfingen, Germany, 2016

In'ei Raisan

Japanese-German Center Berlin, 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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