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Kumi Oguro

Prologue  | Kumi, imagine if the pandemic did not dominate our lives at the moment and we could meet in your home or in your studio. Where do we talk together? Maybe we are sitting at your favorite place? Even the cafés would be open, I feel most comfortable at my own place, especially when I talk about my work. We live outside the city centre of Antwerp, residential area with some nice parks nearby. Where do you come from, where were you born when? I was born and grew up in Japan, 100 km north of Tokyo, in a city I don’t particularly feel attached to. Where do you currently live and work? Since 1999 I live in Antwerp, after spending a couple of years each in Tokyo and London. Which stations and people have shaped you? The first important point is when I started living in Tokyo. There I met some friends who opened my eyes for still unknown literature, music, film, art, and life abroad. Without this period, I would not be here now. Which writers do you currently find exciting and which books are on your bookshelf? Recently I was very much impressed by “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong. Gorgeous!! My part of the bookshelf is filed with a lot of novels. Art books are fewer but they are all precious to me. Which books have influenced or shaped you? Most of John Irving, especially his earlier works, and 2 very important photobooks with the …

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Image caption: Self portrait, © Kumi Oguro


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