mio kisaca – photographer & mother of 3 boys and daughter.
1980 – Born in Tokyo, Japan
2003 – Graduated from Tokyo International University. Bachelor of Education – Handicapped and Mentally disabled children (specializing in Autism).
2004 – I was asked to travel the US for 3 months as a photographer for Tokyo FM to create a radio program titled, ‘101 Treasures’. Over three months I asked a total of 100 people about their one true treasure. Every week I hosted a nationally broadcast radio program reporting my findings. Upon my return to Japan, I held an exhibition at [GEISAI] Tokyo Big Site with the photos and stories from my trip. I exhibited the results of this as my own treasure.
2006 – I studied under Jacques De Melo, a French photographer residing in New York. I also wrote an essay and published photos in the debut edition of “TEN” magazine.
Upon returning to Japan in 2006, my father unfortunately fell terminally ill. Soon after, so did my mother.
2008 – by chance I met Taeko Nanpei, owner of Gallery APS, through my father’s caretaker.
April, 2014 – I was finally able to hold my exhibition at the Gallery Camellia in Ginza, with the help Taeko.
The concept of my exhibition is “unintentional”. I wanted to distill the essence of the ordinary day.
2003 – I was on the Yamanote line, wearing my keyboard enter button ring – a birthday present from my geeky boyfriend (now husband). It caught a woman’s eye and she complemented me. It made me feel so good that I decided to give it to her. She happened to be Aika Nanao, a DJ for Tokyo FM. She, as equally touched, told the story on the radio the next day.
I reciprocated further, sharing my photography taken during my graduation trip to New York. The love kept growing, and the next thing you know, my photography was exhibited at the Roppongi Hills opening, together with the great Takashi Murakami’s work ‘geisai’.
At this point I felt that I could truly define myself as a photographer, and this was further reassured by the opportunity given to me by the producer of Tokyo FM. A photo assignment for 3 months, around the US with full creative freedom.