Endo Kaori

  • Born 1989 in Osaka, Japan.
  • Based in Osaka and Okinawa, Japan.

Endo Kaori obtained a bachelor’s degree in textiles from the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts in 2013. In 2016, she graduated from Ars Shimura, a school run by Shimura Fukumi, a Living National Treasure for tsumugi (pongee) weaving. Based in Vietnam, Okinawa, Tokyo, and other regions in Japan, she uses weaving and dyeing to unpack the political relations rooted in the crafts, histories, and livelihoods within each place. At its core, her practice is about expanding the potential of crafts; she produces materials like rags, parachutes, and sails to performatively trace the vitality of textiles and people through her body.

Recent exhibitions include the 13th shiseido art egg (2019; Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan), for which she won the art egg prize, and Welcome, Stranger, to this Place (2021; The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan).

  • Flash and Parachute, 2020, Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Japan
  • Photo: Delphine Parodi