Can Tamura is an artist, filmmaker, and audiovisual anthropologist. He earned his BA in film at Antioch College (USA) and MA in Visual Anthropology, Media and Documentary Practices at the University of Münster (Germany). Working primarily in Japan, Turkey, and Mongolia, he makes experimental documentary films that explore the intersection between ethnographic film and art. Paintings and drawings are often hyperrealist depictions or sketches on appropriated materials. Mediums include 16mm film, analog and digital video, analog and digital photography, oil and acrylic paints, sound, and text.
Film Screening: Shoveler 3 at Golden Ger International Film Festival, as part of the program “Hybrid Culture” with Mongolian Public Media Art Residence and Blue Sun Contemporary Art Center, June 18 to 20, 2021.
Group Exhibition: 6th Edition of the Ulaanbaatar International Media Art Festival, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 24 to 30, 2021.
Group Exhibition: Kanaiwa Mini Cinema Project: Experimental Version／金石ミニシネマプロジェクト〜実験版〜, with Little Cinema Project (Ryo Uchida, Satoshi Murakami, and Can Tamura), Kanaiwa Studio, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, March 27, 2021.
Group Exhibition: Artists’ Breath–Artists in the Midst of the COVID 19 Pandemic, in conjunction with Boso Satoyama Art Festival: Ichihara Art x Mix 2020+, Ichihara Lakeside Museum, March 20 to May 16, 2021.
Film Screening: Okinami at 17th RAI Film Festival 2021, Royal Anthropological Institute, March 19 to 28, 2021 (online).
Group Exhibition: (Forthcoming) Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2021／大地の芸術祭 越後妻有アートトリエンナーレ2021, Tōkamachi, Japan, July to September 2021. Work in progress currently online: The 24 Solar Terms of Echigo-Tsumari／越後妻有の二十四節気.
Film Screening: (Forthcoming) Okinami at EAJS2021, 16th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies, Ghent, Germany, August 25 to 28, 2021.
Publication: “The Ghost Scrolls of Manshu-in and Tokugen-in: A Shutter-Stopping Tale of Visual Culture, Photo Curses, and Recontextualization” in Visual Anthropology Review.
Film Screening: Okinami at Ethnographic Film Festival, University of Bremen Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research, Bremen, Germany, December 1 to 3, 2020 (online).
Awards: Okinami, Honourable Mention, London X4 Seasonal Short Film Festival, Autumn 2020.
Publication: “Suzu,” Artists’ Breath Vol. 59, August 12, 2020.
2020: Film Screening: Okinami at Anthro-Film Laboratory, Japan, June 20, 2020 (held online).
Film Screening: Okinami, Film Programme of the 16th EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists) Biennial Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, July 22, 2020 (held online).
Panel co-organizer and presenter: Distributed Multimodalities: Ethnographic Experiments in Memory and Performance, panel of Distribute 2020: A Biennial Conference of the SCA and SVA, May 7 to 9, 2020 (held online).
Film Screening: Okinami, at Cinema & Kurbelkiste Münster, Münster, Germany, January 29, 2020.
Film Screening: Okinami at Okinami Shukaisho, Anamizu, Japan, August 4, 2019.
Film Screening: with Satoshi Murakami, Living Migration Busan – Kanazawa, IUAES (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences) 2019 Inter-Congress “World Solidarities,” Poznan, Poland, August 27 to 31, 2019.
Film Screening: Altering Home, documentary film installation, 21st Century Musuem of Contemprary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, September 15 to November 4, 2018
Film Screening: Shoveling Ishikawa, screening and presentation in connection with im/pulse: Vincent Moon, contact Gonzo, and the Anthro-film Laboratory, Kyoto City University of Art Gallery @KCUA, Kyoto, June 20, 2018. 日本語
Film Screening: Natural Disaster Relief in Joso, Japan: Observational Film Documentation of Volunteers in Post-Flood Clean-Up, presentation at Displacements: The 2018 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, April 19, 2018.
Solo Exhibition: The Supper Gaze, Gallery Muku, Kanazawa, October 13 to 18, 2017.
Solo Exhibition: Electric Yen Zone, Gallery Muku, Kanazawa, June 3 to 8, 2016.
Solo Exhibition: In Flight Art/Landing, Cafe Foodelica, Kyoto, October 9 to 25, 2015.
Solo Exhibition: Ninjin Jyanai, Gallery Muku, Kanazawa, February 6 to 11, 2015.
Publication: Smashed in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art official Tumblr, September 19, 2014.
Group Exhibition: HIBIKU 響, KG+ Kyotographie, Cafe Foodelica, Kyoto, April 19 to May 11, 2014.
Solo Exhibition: Ninjin Jyanai, Cafe Foodelica, Kyoto, February 14 to March 16, 2014.
Publication: Cone in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art official Tumblr, January 10, 2014.
Group Exhibition: Fotografika 6: Emotion, SoHo Art Gallery, Osaka, September 10 to 15, 2013.
Solo Exhibition: Zen Art Machine, Jam Sake Bar, Kyoto, July 6 to August 31, 2013.
Group Exhibition: Transnational Art 2013, Enokojima Art, Culture and Creative Center, Osaka, Japan, January 29 to February 3, 2013.
Solo Exhibition: Jam Sake Bar, Kyoto, August 19 to November 10, 2012.
Film Screening: with Ulara Tamura, Bozalan, Textile Society of America 11th Biennial Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii, September 24 to 27, 2008.
Solo Exhibition: Nostalgia For Nationalist Squid and Other Tales, Mongolian Theater Museum, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, March, 2002.
Residency: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, March 1 to 31, with the cooperation of the Contemporary Art Center (Кон Арт Тѳв) and the Mongolian Theatre Museum in the Palace of Culture.
Publication: Kisetsuga, street-photography zine. 6 monthly issues from March to August, 2000.
Group Exhibition: with Wanted Artists Group, White Heat, Kanagawa Kenmin Hall Gallery Yokohama, April 1999.