Lieko Shiga

Born 1980 in Aichi, Japan, Lieko Shiga currently lives and works in Miyagi, Japan.

Based on an instinctive feeling of unease with the convenience and automation of daily life, Japanese photographer Lieko Shiga has developed an artistic approach that links questions about the nature of the photographic medium with fundamental questions about life and the means of expressing oneself.

Shiga received the coveted Kimura Ihei Photography Award in 2008. Her works were recently shown in the group exhibition “In the Wake. Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Shiga made the New Photography 2015 short list of the Museum of Modern Art.



Stayed in London (Oversease study program for Artists of the agency for cultural affairs)


B.A., Fine Art New Media, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London Institute

Selected solo exhibitions


„Blind Date“ Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame-shi, Japan


„RASENKAIGAN“ Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan

„CANARY“ Foam Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands


„CANARY“ Mitsubishi-Jisho ARTIUM, Fukuoka, Japan

„CANARY“ Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne, Germany


„A Stranding Record“ Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway


„Lilly“ NUKE gallery, Paris, France

„Lilly“ graf media gm, Osaka, Japan


„Jaques saw mw tomorrow morning“ graf media gm, Osaka, Japan

„Floating Occurrence“ graf media gm, Osaka, Japan

Selected group exhibitions


„Genius Loci – The Higashikawa Awards“ Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan


„Sleeping Beauty“, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art 2015

„THE 8TH ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART“ the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

„Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015“ The Museum of Modern Art, NY, USA

„2nd BEIJING PHOTO BIENNIAL“ UnfamiliarAsia, Beijing, China

„The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography“ GETTY CENTER WEST PAVILION, Los Angeles, USA

„Unknown City : inside-out“ Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan

„In the Wake / Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11“ Henry and Lois Foster gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, USA

„ARTIST FILE 2013 -The NACT Annual Show of Contemporary Art“ The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
„Visceral Sensation - Voice So Far, So Near“ 21st Century of Contemporary Art,

„AICHI TRIENNALE 2013“ Okazaki CIBICO, Aichi, Japan
„All There Is Left“ the Adam Art Gallery, New Zealand

„TOWADA OIRASE ART FESTIVAL“ Fisheries rest house, Aomori, Japan


„Visible / Invisible“ Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

„Photomonth in Krakow May 2012“ Manggha Center of Japanese Art and Technology, Krakow, Poland

„Creating with Light / The Manipulated Photograph“ Tokyo Metropolitan Photography Museum, Tokyo, Japan

„Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan“ Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia


„Art Miyagi 2011“ The Miyagi Museum of Art, Miyagi, Japan

„ANT!FOTO 2011“ Kunstraum Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany

„CLOSE YOUR EYES AND TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE“ Gothenburg Konstmuseum, Gothenburg, Sweden

„Mizu no Oto - Sound of Water:Fotografia-Festival Internazationale di Roma“ Roma, Italy


„Roppongi Crossing 2010: Can There Be Art? The Creative Potential of a New Japan“, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

„Move on Asia (Single Channel Video art)“, Gallery Loop, Seoul, Republic of Korea

„New York Photo Festival 2010 'Hidden Books, Hidden Stories' Curated by Lou Reed“ St. Ann’s Warehouse (South), NewYork, United States of America

„3. International Photobook Festival“ documenta-Halle, Kassel, Germany

„Aichi Triennale 2010: Arts and Cities“ Aichi Arts Center/Nagoya City Art Museum/the Choja-machi area, Aichi, Japan

„Trace Elements“ Performance Space, Sydney, Australia
„Twist and Shout: Contemporary Art from Japan“ Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
„Yokohama International Video Festival 2009 CREAM: Creativity for Arts and Media“ BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama, Japan
„Takamatsu Contemporary Art Annual vol.00 – Vision of Captured Time“ nTakamatsu City Museum of Art, Takamatsu, Japan


„Unseen“ Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, China

„KITA! Japanese Artists meet Indonesia“ Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

„Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award Show“ Konica Minolta Plaza Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

„Trace Elements“ Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

„On Your Body“ Tokyo Metropolitan Photography Museum, Tokyo, Japan

„Singapore Biennale 2008: Wonder“ City Hall, Singapore


„BMW Young Asian Artist Series“ Tyler Print Institute, Singapore


„Art Court Frontier 2005“ Art Court Gallery, Osaka, Japan

„Art Court Frontier 2005“ Art Court Gallery, Osaka, Japan „Stolen Recorder“, Areal28, Berlin, Germany

„Rapt! Contemporary art from Japan“ Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

„Re;search, The Art Collaboration with Australia and Japan“ Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai, Japan


„Jacques“ (video installation) Yamaguchi center for Arts and Media, Yamaguchi, Japan


„Lilly. Artbeat“ Tokyo 2007

„Canary. Akaaka“ Tokyo 2007

„Canary Mon (Canary Gate)“ Akaaka, Tokyo 2009

„Rasen Kaigan. Akaaka“ Tokyo 2013