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Private: Kei Ito

Kei Ito is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with photographic media, installation, and sculpture. Ito’s work addresses issues of deep intergenerational loss and connections as he explores the materiality and experimental processes of photography and artifacts. Ito’s work, fundamentally rooted in the trauma and legacy passed down from his late grandfather – a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, meditates on the complexity of his identity and heritage through examining the past, current trajectories, and visualizing the invisible such as radiation, memory and life/death. By excavating and uncovering hidden histories connected to his own, Ito utilizes his generational past to use as a case study for contemporary and future events.

Many of Ito’s artworks transform both art and non-art spaces into temporal monuments that became platforms for the audience to explore social issues and the memorials dedicated to the losses suffered from the consequences of those issues. Within these intertwined pasts, Ito shines a light on power and its relationship to larger global issues that often led to and result in both war and peace alike.

His many solo and group exhibitions can be read in reviews and articles published by the Washington Post Magazine, Hyperallergic, BBC Culture & Art, BmoreArt, ArtMaze Magazine, ESSE Magazine and various newspapers worldwide. Ito’s works are included in institutional collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL), the Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, FL), the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art(Fort Collins, CO), En Foco (NYC, NY), and the Eskenazi Museum of Art (Bloomington, IN). Ito’s notable upcoming exhibitions include solo exhibitions at: the Hilliard Art Museum, Lafayette, LA (August 2023); Visart, Rockville, MD (November 2023); and the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA (February 2024).

Regular Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is by Donation.

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