Artist, Curator, Interpreter
born in Tokyo/Japan
Royal College of Art, Master of Fine Arts held by RCA, England, UK
About "naok fujimoto"
"naoku fujimoto is a multi-disciplinary Japanese artist who studied contemporary art in London, UK.
Art, science, philosophy and dialogue are the keywords that "naok fujimoto" uses to create artworks, exhibitions and social practices such as citizen dialogue workshops.
"naok fujimoto" moved to the UK to study contemporary art and sculpture at Royal College of Art after spending time as a young carer and surviver.
"naok fujimoto" received instruction from Professor Glynn Williams and Ms.Helen Chadwick, both British artists at Royal College of Art. These two artists have very different styles and ways of expressing themselves. So, naok fujimoto was able to learn various styles of expression and ways of thinking from various viewpoints with a dialogue of art, science, philosophy, and so on. This was a very valuable experience for naok fujimoto.
One day when naok fujimoto met Helen Chadwick in her studio in London, Helen advised naok fujimoto: "The life of an artist is very slow and long, so don't worry and don't be rushed, I have endured the same way. You can do it". Helen's words still encourage naok fujimoto today.
After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts from the Royal College of Art in London, Naok Fujimoto left London to join the most advanced robotics research at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
This was because naok fujimoto was interested in the mechanism of robotics as a moving sculpture.Afterwards, naok fujimoto then expanded her activities as a research fellow at Osaka University and the University of Tokyo to include further science communication and outreach activities, as well as human resource development projects at universities, such as community service activities.naok fujimoto has worked on projects promoting science communication activities and community service with scientists, researchers, science museums, local governments, science volunteers in local communities, etc. "naok fujimoto"’s aimed to create the opportunity can discuss and communicate with each other in public. Then she felt that these activities seemed like invisible installations, which are a kind of art.
On the other hand, she had to face family problems during this time and had to care for her family again.
This was a very difficult time for naok fujimoto. Unfortunately, there are some things in a woman's life that she/they cannot manipulate yet. Although this may not be the case for all women and people...
However, there was a turning point in 2017. Ironically, some of Naok Fujimoto's relatives passed away, and her life as an artist began anew.These experiences are one of the reasons why Naoki Fujimoto focuses on gender, occupational stratification, communication, relatives and the relationship between existing frameworks and society through art.
Around the same time, “naok fujimoto” met a Japanese video artist Ko Nakajima (1941-), who inspired naok fujimoto to think about what the artist's life is all about. In particular, the encounter with Nakajima's masterpiece "My Life" (1977-), collected by MOMA, the artwork that took about 50 years to complete and is based on the theme of life and death, was an opportunity for "naok fujimoto" to rediscover herself as an artist.
Ko NAKAJIMA advised "Naok FUJIMOTO" that continuing to create art is a long journey that sometimes leads to conflicts with his family, and that he must keep fighting with them. The words of the artist, who is still active at over 80 years of age, gave new courage to naok fujimoto, who is struggling with relatives' problems.
Today, “naok fujimoto” and Ko NAKAJIMA continue their friendship, “naok fujimoto” has organized ”Philosophy Dialogues”, exhibitions, and others with Ko NAKAJIMA since 2018.
Now naok fujimoto is challenging how art can be connected to society from the perspective of intersectionality as a person living in this world and age, and is also a challenge for naok fujimoto.
University of Tokyo/Art Management of Socially Engaged Art (AMSEA)
Royal College of Art, Master of Arts held by RCA, England, UK
Goldsmiths College, University of London Postgraduate Diploma/Creative arts