Kana Kuwasako was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, where she currently resides. She graduated with a degree in Fine Arts (Printmaking) from Hokkaido University of Education’s Iwamizawa Campus in 2013. In 2019, she won the Portfolio Review Grand Prize at the Hokkaido Photo Festa; the same year, the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts added her works to its collection.

Her exhibitions include “after the rain” (2020, Gallery Sou, Sapporo), “2019 Young Portfolio Exhibition” (2020, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Hokuto), “mima-no-me vol. 6” (2020, Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art, Sapporo), “Becoming the Night” together with Yuki Ida (2021, Photo Gallery Flow Nagoya, Nagoya), “Unnatural Nature” (2021, Terrace Keikaku, Sapporo), and many more.

Kana Kuwasako uses the camera to record experiences and phenomena with an elusive but certain presence, like wind, light or sound. Her works are divided into two series: “arteria”, for which Kuwasako embroiders her prints with traces of light and wind buried within the photographs, complementing the errors in the image; and “Unnatural Nature”, in which she recreates her own sensuous experiences in an approach that diverges from traditional still images and reflects on the photographed locations (usually forests and mountains) and on the concept of nature.


1990: Born in Sapporo (Japan), live in Sapporo
2013: Graduated Art course at Hokkaido University of Education in Iwamizawa
2018: Selected Finalists of portfolio review at Hokkaido Photo Festa 2018
2019: Received the Prize “Young Portfolio” at Kiyosato Photo Museum
2019: Selected Grand Prix of of portfolio review at Hokkaido Photo Festa 2019

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019: Two artists, Kana Kuwasako & Rina Katsumi, exhibition “recall・太陽に最も近い傷”at Gallery Retara in Sapporo
2020: Exhibition “Young Portfolio 2019” at Kiyosato Photo Museum in Yamanashi
2020: Solo Exhibition “after the rain” at Gallery So in Sapporo
2020: “#Mimanome vol.6” at Mikishi Kotaro Museum in Sapporo
2021: “夜になりすます” at PHOTO GALLERY FLOW NAGOYA in Nagoya

Books from Kana KUWASAKO