Born 1977 in Toyama. Lives and works in Kyoto.
Tamura holds a doctoral degree from the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts, and a Bachelorʼs degree of Photography from Nihon University. He was a guest researcher for the Institut für Raumexperimente at the Berlin University of the Arts (2013-14). Tamura’s work centers on installations and performances derived from existing images and objects. Using a uniquely reflective approach that transcends traditional artistic genres, Tamura not only sets out to convey a message to visitors from the privileged world of contemporary art, but also invites an unusual form of communication with the viewer. Tamura creates multilayered narratives, containing a mixture of fact and fiction, based on a wide range of sources from indigenous historical themes to well-known popular subjects. His recent exhibitions have included the solo shows Milky Mountain (Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand, 2019), Hell Scream (Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA, Kyoto, 2018) and G (Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo, 2018), and the group shows Asian Art Biennial (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, 2019), Image Narratives: Literature in Japan (National Art Center, Tokyo, 2019), The Seven Lamps of the Art Museum (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, 2019), Where Am I?: The Art and Design of Signage (Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art & Design, Toyama, 2019), and Roppongi Crossing 2019: Connexions (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2019), Busan Biennale (Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Korea, 2018), Nissan Art Award 2017 (BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama, 2017), 2 or 3 Tigers (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2017) and BODY/PLAY/POLITICS (Yokohama Museum of Art, 2016)


“Milky Mountain,” Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
“Hell Scream,” Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA,
Week End, Kurumaya Museum of Art, Oyama City, Tochigi
G, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo
Basel Nightmare, Atelier Mondial, Basel, Switzerland
Ich fliege zurück mit Lufthansa, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo
NIGHTLAND, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo


Asia Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung
Image Narratives: Literature in Japan, National Art Center, Tokyo
Roppongi Crossing 2019: Connexions, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Where am I?: The Art and Design of Signature, Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design
The Seven Lamps of The Art Museum, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
“The Fabric of Felicity,” Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
“Busan Biennale: Divided We Stand,” Museum of Contemporary Art Busan
“Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize,” Singapore Art Museum
2 or 3 Tigers, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Mode of Liaisons, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thailand
Marking Triangles, The Japan Foundation, Cologne, Germany
Yokohama Triennale 2017, Yokohama Sites, Hikawamaru, Japan
Nissan Art Award 2017, BankART NYK, Yokohama
Festival of Future Nows, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Works on paper, rin art association, Takasaki
BODY/PLAY/POLITICS, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan
KYOTO EXPERIMENT 2016, Kyoto Art Center, Japan
MOVING, The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan
21th Art Film Festival, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
Japan Media Arts Festival 20th Anniversary Exhibition, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
ARTIST PRACTICE, Art Fair Tokyo, Japan
inToAsia 2015:Time-based Art Festival , Queens Museum, New York
Form of Narrative, Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan
Domani, The National Art Center, Tokyo
Oil on canvas, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo
Whenever Wherever Festival 2015, Morishita Studio, Tokyo
Kalte Füsse bekommen, DOCK, Basel, Switzerland
Oslo Night, Atelier Mondial, Basel, Switzerland
Making Border - Afterimages and Projections, DNA Galerie, Berlin
Asian Film   Video Art Forum, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
Artist Fair Taiwan, Taipei
Festival of Future Nows, Neue National Galerie, Berlin
SeMA Biennale; Mediacity Seoul 2014, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
Photography Will Be, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
WALK-IN-PROGRESS, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China
Media/Art Kitchen AOMORI, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC), Japan
Media/Art Kitchen YAMAGUCHI, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media(YCAM), Japan
The 6th Yebisu International Festival, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
Media/Art Kitchen, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Ayala Museum, Manila, Philippines
Setouchi Triennale 2013, Awashima-island, Kagawa, Japan
Whenever Wherever Festival 2013, Morishita Studio, Tokyo
ACCIDENTAL ACCOMPLISHMENT, Institut für Raumexperimente, Berlin
(n)on site, km temporaer, Berlin
Elastic Video, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, Austria
MOT Annual 2012; Making Situations, Editing Landscapes, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
Kunisaki Art Project 2012, Oita, Japan
Open Skylines, Japan Foundation Hanoi, Vietnam
TOKYO EXPERIMENTAL FESTIVAL, Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama, Tokyo
TOKYO STORY 2011, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo
Ay-O: Over the Rainbow Once More《events on the 7 hills》, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
Koganecho Bazaar 2011, Yokohama, Japan
TOKYO STORY 2010, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Japan
Touch of Image, Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino, Japan
FILE 2011, Sao Paulo, Brazil
WRO biennale 2011, Wroclaw, Poland
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
The 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany
The 14th Japan Media Arts Festival, The National Art Center, Tokyo
The 3rd Yebisu International Festival, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
OPEN MISSION: Sister Cities | Different Mother, Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Japan
The Definition of Self directed by Masahiko Sato, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo
DOUBLE VISION, Le Lieu Unique Nantes, France
Thesis Exhibition, Tokyo University of the Arts, Yokohama



“KYOTO EXPERIMENT 2016 spring Showcase,” Kyoto Art Center

“Basel Nightmare” Atelier Mondial, Basel, Switzerland


“Nomination Competition | unbuildbody”, whenever wherever festival 2015: Invisible Body, MORISHITA STUDIO, Tokyo


“D. H. L.” whenever wherever festival 2013: rebirth of improvisation of improvisation, MORISHITA STUDIO, Tokyo


Toru Takemitsu, “Seven Hills Events” [Ay-O: Over the Rainbow Once More], Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

TOKYO EXPERIMENTAL FESTIVAL John Cage《Sonatas and Interludes》, Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama


TOKYO EXPERIMENTAL FESTIVAL Olivier Messiaen《Catalogue d'Oiseaux》, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya


"End Game" Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., 2017

"Hey Daddy, Hey Brother" KADIST Foundation, Paris, 2017

"Apollo’s Back" "Apollo’s Back-stab" Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan, 2016

"Suzuki Knife, Social Cooking" Seoul Museum of Art, Korea, 2015

"NIGHTLESS vol.6" Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 2012

"NIGHTLESS vol.4" The University Art Museum, The Tokyo University of the Arts, 2010


Finalist, Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize, 2018

Finalist, Nissan Art Award 2017

Excellence Award, Art Division, The 14th Japan Media Arts Festival, 2010

Judge's Special Award, Esquire Digital Photo Award, 2006

[Fim Festivals & Screening]


“The 21st Art Film Festival,” Aichi Arts Center


“inToAsia: Time-based Art Festival 2015,” The Queens Museum, New York

“Asian Film & Video Art Forum,” National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea


“The 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen,” Oberhausen, Germany

“Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2011: Daydream Believer!!,” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography


TERUMO Foundation for Life Science and Arts, 2018

Agency for Cultural Affairs short-term funding, Germany, 2017

Grants for Young Artist by Yokohama City, 2016, 2017

Grants for Overseas Study by Pola Foundation, Berlin, 2014

Agency for Cultural Affairs Overseas Study Program, Berlin, London, 2013


NTU CCA Residencies, Singapore, 2021

International Artist Residence by Govett-Brewster Gallery, 2018 


Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherland, 2017

ACC Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Korea, 2016

Atelier Mondial, Basel, Switzerland, 2015

Awashima AIR 2012 / Spring, Kagawa, 2012

Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama, Japan, 2010