Born in 1983 in Fukuoka, Japan, Kenji Makizono studied video and new media in Tokyo. In 2011, he decided to return his hometown Fukuoka then started to work on his art practice. He had participated in various residency programs in Asia such as Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Taiwan.
As Makizono works on video and media arts, his current interest is to question how the electricity come from. He explores this ongoing project collaborating with related people. The artist is also a committee member of alternative spaces such as artist-run-space and art festival in Fukuoka besides his own art activity.
2018.06-08 MMCA Residency Goyang, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Tokyo Arts and Space Exchange Residency Program 2018), Goyang, Korea
2017.10 Taipei Artist Village (TAV X Soulangh Artist Village Exchange Residency Program), Taipei, Taiwan
2017.09-11 Soulangh Artist Village (AIR in Tainan 2017), Tainan, Taiwan
2017.04-05 Studio Tikus (Barehands Asian Artist Residency Project 2017), Shah Alam, Malaysia
2013.11-12 Jog Alternative Art Space (Jog Media Art Residency Program 2013), Chittagong, Bangladesh
2017.11 “Curtural Park”; Soulangh Curtural Park, Tainan, Taiwan
2017.08 “YUMEKAZOE”; Himeshima Island, Fukuoka, Japan
2015.12 “hari / pass”; art space tetra, Fukuoka, Japan
2013.03 “morning”; art space tetra, Fukuoka, Japan
2011.01 “news”; Studio Kura, Fukuoka, Japan
Group Exhibition and Screening
2018.09 “18th ASIAN ART Biennale Bangladesh 2018”; National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh, curated by Mahbubur Rahman
2018.07 “The Art of Travel”; MMCA Residency Goyang, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Goyang, Korea
2018.02 “Pecha Cucha Link up project 2”; art space tetra, Fukuoka, Japan
2017.05 “Barehands Asian Artist Residency Project, Kuala Lumpur 2017, Vol 1.”; National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2016.10 “Itoshima International Art Festival 2016: Itoshima Arts Farm — “Fermenting Perspectives“; Studio Kura Residence 3, Fukuoka, Japan
2016.05 “FULL CONTACT”; art space tetra, Fukuoka, Japan
2016.01 “Views of Chikugo — Exploring Primal Scenes”; Kyushu Geibun Kan Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2014.10 “Itoshima International Art Festival 2014: Itoshima Arts Farm”; Fukuoka, Japan
2013.12 “Jog Video Art Exhibition”; Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong, Bangladesh
2013.08 “Open Kura 2103 Summer”; Matsue Gonkuro Shrine, Fukuoka, Japan
2012.10 “OGA AP studio Exhibition 6”; OGA AP Studio, Fukuoka, Japan
2012.09 “Itoshima International Art Festival 2012: Itoshima Arts Farm — “Autumn“; Itoshima Arts Farm, Fukuoka, Japan
2012.05 “Itoshima International Art Festival 2012: Itoshima Arts Farm — “Spring“; Itoshima Arts Farm, Fukuoka, Japan
2011.11 “EYEBREAKER Short Documentary Festival”; art space tetra, Fukuoka, Japan
2008.01 “OS1”; Tokyo National University of the Arts, Kanagawa, Japan
Ongoing Projects & Activities
2012 to present: a member of art space tetra, Fukuoka, Japan
Alternative space in the city of Fukuoka.
2012 to present: participating artist and co-organizer of Itoshima International Art Festival: Itoshima Arts Farm, Fukuoka, Japan
Itoshima Arts Farm, held since 2012 once every two years in rural environment, Itoshima city in Fukuoka. It is organized by not only artists, but people such as programmers, musicians, dancers, and researchers.
2016 to present: a member of Asian Arts Air FUKUOKA, Fukuoka, Japan
Conducting a talk event focusing on visiting Asian artists.