Sayaka Katsumoto (b. 1984, Japan) is an artist, filmmaker and anthropologist based in Berlin, Germany. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Photography at Osaka University of Arts, gained in 2006. After working as a producer and production manager at an advertising agency in Tokyo, she moved to Berlin in 2013 to develop her artistic practice in film, photograph, and sound installation. She received her MA in Visual and Media Anthropology from Freie Universität, Berlin, in 2018 and is currently studying towards an MA Art in Context from Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK / Berlin University of the Arts).
Most of her artistic practice is based on social scientific research on hidden and unknown cultures. She explores historical events from the post-war period in Japan, including terrorism throughout the 60-70s, minority groups, and contemporary religious cult movements. Katsumoto is currently working on binaural sound and video with 3D objects, seeking to developing expressive sensorial potentials that bring particular emotions and feelings based on fieldwork, combining anthropological research and art practice.
2019– Masterstudiengang Art in Context, Universität der Künste Berlin
2016–18 MA Visual and Media Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin
2002–06 Diploma, Department of Photography, Faculty of Arts, Osaka University of Arts
2020 Studienabschlussstipendien für internationale Studierende (STIBET I) / DAAD, Universität der Künste Berlin
2021 Group Exhibition "ARE YOU FOR REAL", ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) / online
Screening "ASMRKitten and the Boston Collective Film Festival" / online
2020 Screening "Ongezien Kort" / Cinema Cartoon's, Antwerp, Belgium
2018 Group Exhibition "Malleable Borders, Shifting Identities" / Flutgraben e.V, Berlin, Germany
2017 Group Exhibition and Forum “Farocki Now: A Temporary Academy” / HKW & silent green, Berlin, Germany
2016 Screening, British Shorts Film Festival / SPUTNIK KINO, Berlin, Germany
2014 Solo Exhibition "In Stock" / Gallery Antenna, Kyoto, Japan
2013 Portfolio Review, Düsseldorf Photo Weekend / Kraut Magazin, Düsseldorf, Germany