About Kumi Oguro

Kumi Oguro is born in Japan in 1972.

Her study of photography started in London in 1996, followed by further development at Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp until 2003.

Next to photography, she also experimented with video and installation in a postgraduate program, Transmedia in Brussels. Her research theme in the program was the relation between still and moving image.

This subject is also treated later on in her thesis for the master course, Film studies and Image Culture at the University Antwerp in 2006.

Oguro has participated in exhibitions in Europe, USA, Canada and Japan.

Her first book NOISE was published from Le caillou bleu (Brussels) in 2008.

She lives and works in Antwerp since 1999.



We rarely vividly remember our dreams, if at all. Often, all that remains in our consciousness are subsequent images that refuse to be identified. Maybe feelings, perhaps senses. In Kumi Oguro’s recent photography series, which she temporarily calls “Waking Images from Dreams”, she shows us these mysterious illusion-like images that challenge our perspective of reality. “I am intrigued by the images of our dreams just before awakening: it is difficult to find the logic there, there is nothing to indicate time, the space is indeterminate. In my work, I try to create an atmosphere that is quite close to those dream images. I get influenced by literature, theatre, dance, film, painting, sculptures. Not by any photographers in fact. It’s often much later that I realise certain influence on my creation from something I absorbed and digested”.

More information can be found on her website