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BIOGRAPHY

ADOKA NIITSU

Adoka Niitsu was born in 1975 in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Graduated from the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in the Department of Art Science of the Joshibi University of Art and Design as well as the Multimedia Department of the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) in Japan.

She was selected as the winner of the "Joshibi Paris Prize" of the Fumiko Ōmura Foundation by Dr. Satoshi Ōmura (biochemist, Nobel Prize) and she made an artistic residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France (2007- 2008), and was also supported the Japanese Government Overseas Study Programme to research media and material in Seoul, South Korea (2008-2009).

Since 2010, she lives and works in Paris. Benefiting from the artistic support of the Ōki Foundation (a patron of Utagawa Hiroshige in Edo period), she started a lithographic project at the IDEM PARIS printing studio in Montparnasse. She has exhibited in many places internationally.

In 2016, her series of drawings "Le Piaffer" was used as a mise-en scene for the contemporary opera "AMOK", presented in Opera of Reims (France) and Théâtre populaire Romand (Switzerland).

Recently, she participated in a collective exhibition at the Galleria delle Prigioni (a new space dedicated to art, promoted by the Benetton Foundation) in Treviso, Italy. She also made a small in situ creation for "Swisshouse XXXII Rossa", a project by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren and Swiss architect Davide Macullo in Rossa, Switzerland.

Along her art activities, she is also involving in the art education programs and cultural exchange art projects with several universities and institutions.


Education
2000
Diploma in Information Technology (Department of Multimedia), IAMAS (International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences), Japan
1998
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Department of Science of Arts, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan

Academic and Teaching Experience in Art
2015 - now
Permanent teacher, L'École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, Department of languages(Artistic exchange projects in Japanese)
2016
Distinguished assistant professor, Global Art Practice, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Project with École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris
2011 - 2013
Part-time Lecturer, Department of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design, Field of Media Art and Design, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan
2004 - 2007
Research Associate (Educational Researcher), Department of Inter-Media Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of The Arts, Japan
2001 - 2004
Research Associate, Department of Media Art, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan
2000 - 2001
Assistant Teacher, Department of Information Design, Tama Art University, Japan

Solo Shows
2018
« A A' A'' Andromeda », Galerie Yoshii, Paris
2017
“Héritage”, Galerie Hors-Champs, Paris
2015
“The Unknown Senses”, Galerie Hors-Champs, Paris
2013
“Lectures Superposées (Superimposed Readings) ”, Galerie Hors-Champs, Paris
2012
“Le Piaffer”, Galerie Hors-Champs, Paris
2009
“Active and Passive”, Actuel'art/Lagalerie, Paris
2007
“Piaffant! Amorphous + Delusion + Obsession + Kinetics + Anonymousness”, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2006
“Delusion”, Pilot Gallery, Inter Media Arts, Tokyo University of The Arts, Ibaraki, Japan
2004
“After All...”, Monkey Gallery, Daikanyama,Tokyo

Group Shows (selected) & Events
2018
"I Say Yesterday, You Hear Tomorrow. Visions from Japan", Gallerie delle Prigioni promoted by Luciano Benetton, Treviso, Italy
2016
Art Visual for “AMOK : Expressionist Opera”, Opera loosely inspired by the relationship between Alma Mahler and Oskar Kokoschka
Directed by Orianne Moretti, Musical creation by François Cattin, Music Director : Nicolas Farine, Opera de Reims (Reims, France) and TPR L’Heure bleue Salle de musique (La Chaux-de-Fonds, Swiss)
2015
“Carnets d'été”, Galerie Louise, Le Pré-Saint-Gervais, France
2015
“NyamaNyama 2015 - Artistic Week at Diébougou”, Burkina Faso
2015
“JAM New Collections & Joshibi Paris Awarded Artists”, University Art Museum JAM, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Kanagawa, Japan
2014
“Nocturnal Labyrinth”, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York
2013
“120x120 Medana Art 2013-Exhibition of the MMM art collection”, Museum: Palazzo Attems Petzenstein, Gorizia, ITALY
2013
“Green Space - Le jardin souterrain”, metro station of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris (Project for Germany and France 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty) *Curator: Barbara NEMITZ (Artist and Professor Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany)
2012
“Intime#1”, L'intime Galerie, Maison des Canaux, Ambassade Ephémère, Paris
2010
“Vivre et Créer à Paris - Group Exhibition for Joshibi Paris Award”, University Art Museum JAM, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Kanagawa, Japan
2010
“Viimased Kehad / Last Bodies”, Vaal Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
2008
“Art Salad”, Kwanhoon Gallery, Soul
2008
“La Semaine Artistique et Culturelle Japonaise”, Les Vergers de l'Art, Paris
2007
“Exposition Collective 2007”, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2006
“Expanding Media Art”, University Art Museum JAM, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Kanagawa, Japan
2006
“Haruki NISHIJIMA + Adoka NIITSU”, TAP Satelite Gallery, Toride, Ibaraki, Japan
2005
“Toride Art Project”, Open studio, Toride, Ibaraki, Japan
2005
“Rosa! The Exposed Color- Pink”, University Art Museum Chinretsu-kan Gallery, Tokyo University of The Arts, Ueno, Tokyo *Curator: Barbara NEMITZ (Artist and Professor Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany)
2003
“Euphoria”, with Hyojung SEO, Gallery Ju Young, Seoul
2003
“Geisai Museum”, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Tokyo. Organiser: Takashi MURAKAMI
2002
“ISEA (Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts)”, Nagoya, Japan
2001
“Insight Vision”, Media Center of Tama Art University, Tokyo, * Invited as part of Selected and Promising Artists. Artists include: Jean-Louis BOISSIER, Tjebbe VAN TIJEN, Tom DRAHOS, and Chris MARKER.
2000
“Media Select - Resolution”, Port of Nagoya, Japan
2000
“Alternative Future”, Spiral Garden Gallery, Aoyama, Tokyo

Awards / Grants / Artist-In-Residencies
2016 - 2017
Project and Artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2013
Artist-in-residence MMMart, Medana (located close to the Italian border), Slovenia
2012 - 2013
Grant from the Ohki Foundation, Yamanashi, Japan Project at Lithography Printing Studio Atelier IDEM, Paris
2008 - 2009
Fellowship of The Japanese Government Overseas Study Programme for Artists, Seoul, South Korea
2007 - 2008
Joshibi Paris Award, Grant from the Fumiko ŌMURA Foundation, Japan Artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2002
The 13th Ishida Foundation Art Incentive Award (Group electropti), Nagoya, Japan
1996
Bronze Prize(Group Mach Girls), Art on the net'96, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts and Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan *The Jury members include: Shu Lea CHEANG, Hank BULL, Tetsuo KOGAWA
1996
Winner of Achievement Award (Group Mach Girls), DNP AWARD'96 (DNP:Dai Nippon Printing Co.,Ltd),Tokyo *The Jury members include: Fumio NANJO, Thierry RASPAIL, Dana FRIIS-HANSEN

Publications
2013
'Le Piaffer', 14 x 23 cm / 100pages / Artist Book / ED20 * Published on the occasion of BOOKMACHINE Paris (New Festival of Centre Pompidou 4th edition), Impression ICN
2010
'Break The Gold Chain That I Gave U', A5 / 36pages (Artist Book)

Bibliography
2006
'Pink The Exposed Color in Contemporary Art and Culture', Edited by Barbara NEMITZ, texts by Hideto FUSE, Barbara NEMITZ, Karl SCHAWELKA, Thomas von TACHITZKI, Publisher Hatje Cantz, ISBN 978 - 3 - 7757 - 1771 - 7, English

Participated Projects as coordinator
2014
“Utopographies - Evaluation, Consensus and Location - Distributed Conversation // Talk and presentations", Online Japan - London, Prof.Kazue Kobata, Dr.Blanca Regina & Adoka Niitsu, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Arts, London
2013
“GREEN SPACE - Le jardin souterrain”, Project for Germany and France the 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, Bauhaus University Weimar, RATP, Institute France Erfurt
2011 - 2012
“Planète Manga !”, Joshibi University of Art and Design + Centre Pompidou
2010 - 2011
“Les Histoires d'amour au Japon”, Agnès GIARD, Edition :Glénat
2005
“Rosa! The Exposed Color- Pink”, Bauhaus University Weimar + Tokyo University of The Arts

Commission Work
2016
Hotel Palace Resort Yalong Bay, Hainan island, Sanya, China

Work In Situ
2017
A Small Art Piece in Situ at Swisshouse XXXII Rossa / Daniel Buren & Davide Macullo, Rossa, Switzerland

Collections
- JAM Museum of Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan
- BnF The National Library of France, Paris
- Private Collections in Japan, South Korea, China, Switzerland, Germany, USA, France and United Kingdom


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