Naomi Kashiwagi

Naomi Kashiwagi is an award-winning artist, musician, turntablist and creative producer who lives and works in Manchester. Naomi produces sound works, drawings, prints, performances, installations and events that often draw upon her cultural heritage, an intrinsic fusion of two cultures, British and Japanese. Drawing is central to Naomi's practice and she makes drawings using a range of media including diamonds, typewriters, gramophones and pianos, as well as graphite and pen. Naomi’s art practice playfully provokes the fringes of disciplines and genres and the intersections and impact of visual art, music and everyday life upon one another and the cyclical nature of obsolescence and technological innovation. She explores the potential of things beyond their prescribed uses by poetically transforming their utilitarian and conceptual function. Naomi works through reinvention and integrates poetic rituals into everyday life to reveal and reimagine the innate curiosities and enchantments of the everyday. Her work examines the complexities of the everyday, the poetics qualities and potential for inventiveness in everyday life that contribute to an inquisitive quest for reclaiming the everyday. Naomi has exhibited and performed across the UK and internationally, including at The Barbican, ICA, The Power Plant (Toronto, Canada), K11 Art Foundation (Wuhan, China) and Innsbruck International Art Biennale (Innsbruck, Austria). 

As a creative producer, Naomi leads on events in partnership with arts, cultural and educational organisations and collaborates with practising arts professionals and musicians to deliver ambitious, imaginative and interdisciplinary events to animate exhibitions, collections and archives. 

Naomi is also a quotidian origami wizard who folds in time and space on Magic buses in Manchester.

Naomi Kashiwagi has been commissioned to write a piece about her ongoing involvement in the programme for Pankhurst in the Park 2018; centenary edition of NYC based Art 511 Mag. Download the mag here

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Naomi Kashiwagi