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Born in 1988 in Oita, Japan, Rina Nakano is an artist/photographer/translator whose works revolve around the themes of finding unorthodox alternatives to human communication in the contemporary age through performance, exploring possibilities of multilingual interplay, and questioning the notion of “self” through the nature of photography. Her cultural identity as Japanese has been examined through assimilation into U.S. customs for about 9 years since she first attended high school in Texas as an exchange student until she graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BFA degree in Photography.

Her works deepen the most through experience in foreign countries where the presence of human encounters are highlighted by the friction of cultures and languages. In those moments, she finds humanity's bare zest for communication manifesting from the shadow of awkwardness. Since 2016, she has been exploring the possibilities of a polaroid camera as a communication tool. As this analogue gadget requires time and caution to maintain the quality of its resulted image, it shapes the relationship between the photographer and the subject in a way we seldom expect from contemporary digital photography.

Although she has been focusing on using the polaroid camera to take locals’ portraitures with interviews in Beppu, Japan, and Tainan, Taiwan - both during artist-in-residence programs - her latest work seeks to experiment with the materiality of polaroid film by uncovering the fragile skin of her grandmother.




2013 BFA in Photography, California State University Long Beach, CA


 Artist in Residence 

2017 May/June Two months residency at Planett, Tainan, Taiwan 

2014. 11 - 2017. 3 Kiyoshima Apartment, NPO Beppu Project, Beppu, Oita


 Public Art 

2018 April to October Windows of Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, U.S.A. 


 Solo Exhibitions 

2017 ext comm int, flatline, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

2017 相変わらず、今日は良いお天気ですね。
As usual, today is fine weather, is not it?
像往常一樣,這是一個好天氣今天。, WUWU Art, Tainan, Taiwan 

2015 Photo Exhibition, Kiyoshima Gallery, Oita, Japan

2014 Oscillate, Kiyoshima Gallery, Oita, Japan


 Collabrative Exhibitions 

2016 Something tangible, something valuable, Beppu station market - Oita, Japan

2012. Light Transmission, CSULB – CA, USA 


 Group Exhibitions 

2017 BORDERS, Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

2017 pacific edges, AVD Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

2017 Bodies at play, Platform 05, Oita, Japan

2016 Jeju Art Fair, Jeju island, Korea

2015 Wakuwaku Konyoku Department (Mixed Bathing World), Beppu Tokiwa Department, Oita, Japan

2014 Einstein Studio, Art Fair Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

2014 Tsugihagi Amamori, Eikyu Beppu Theater, Oita, Japan

2014 Salon des Refuses, Gatov 10/19

2013 Nice To Meet You, Kata Gallery, Shibuya, Tokyo

2013 Nice To Meet You, 61 Note, Taipei, Taiwan

2012 Insight, UAM, CA, USA

2012 Punctum, CSULB – CA, USA



2011 Einstein Photo Competition Teiya Iwabuchi Award



2014 HUNGRY Issue.1, Einsein Studio

2013 Nice To Meet You, Einstein Studio



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2013 カリフォルニア州立大学ロングビーチ校 写真科 美術学士

2010 グレンデールコミュニティカレッジ 写真準学士号



2017. 5 - 6 プラネット,台南,台湾

2014. 11 - 2017. 3 清島アパート, NPO法人BEPPU PROJECT, 別府, 大分



2018. 4 - 10 here far home, Windows of Little Tokyo, ロサンゼルス, アメリカ



2017 ext comm int, flatline, ロサンゼルス, アメリカ

2017 相変わらず、今日は良いお天気ですね。As usual, today is fine weather, is not it? 像往常一樣,這是一個好天氣今天。, WUWU Art, 台南,台湾

2015 写真展, 清島ギャラリー, 大分

2014 振動する, 清島ギャラリー, 大分



2016 価値、となり人, べっぷ駅市場, 大分

2012 Light Transmission, CSULB, ロサンゼルス, アメリカ



2017 BORDERS, Angel City Brewery, ロサンゼルス,アメリカ

2017 pacific edges, AVD Gallery, ロサンゼルス,アメリカ

2017 Bodies at play, Platform 05, 大分

2016 済州アートフェア, 済州島, 韓国

2015 わくわく混浴デパートメント (混浴温泉世界), 別府トキハ百貨店, 大分

2014 Einstein Studio, アートフェア札幌, 北海道

2014 ツギハギ雨漏り, 永久別府劇場, 大分

2014 Salon des Refuses, CSULB, ロサンゼルス, アメリカ

2013 Nice To Meet You, Kata Gallery, 渋谷, 東京

2013 Nice To Meet You, 61 Note, 台北, 台湾

2012 Insight, UAM, ロサンゼルス, アメリカ

2012 Punctum, CSULB, ロサンゼルス, アメリカ


2011 アインシュタインフォトコンテスト 岩渕貞哉賞受賞



2017 相変わらず、今日は良いお天気ですね。As usual, today is fine weather, is not it? 像往常一樣,這是一個好天氣今天。, 自主制作zine

2014 HUNGRY, Issue.1, アインシュタインスタジオ

2013 Nice To Meet You, アインシュタインスタジオ





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