Koichiro Osaka (b. 1979) was born in Yakumo, Hokkaidō. In 1999 Osaka left Waseda University two years after enrolment, he arrived in Bangkok where he spent the next almost four years living there. Driven by a quest for a deeper level of understanding, or even an obsessive yearning to comprehend the multiplicity of himself and this guerilla-like world around him, Osaka’s desires and curiosity have taken him to reside in some strange corners of the world and yet worked with renowned cultural institutions in different countries over the years.
Osaka studied Communication, Criticism & Curation at London Central Saint Martins and graduated in 2010, upon returning to Japan in 2013 after his 8-year-adventure in London and Berlin came to a close, he worked as a curator at SCAI The Bathhouse in Tokyo, whilst initiated ASAKUSA in 2015 – a gallery space that centres its attention candidly on academic, social and political agenda. After his 6-month New York cultural exchange fellowship granted by the Asian Cultural Council ended in 2018, he embarked on a journey to Hong Kong where he worked as a curator-in-residence at Para Site in 2019.
“… as a kid growing up, when you had to be crushed and confined within social norms, when you had to experience denunciation constantly, that this vast chasm between yourself and others never cease to fade, that you were never taught by schools or parents of how to comb through and express your own negative emotions and dissatisfactions, that not being understood by peers and families is indeed, an unfortunate and sad thing.”
“… taking them all including my own background and experiences into consideration, I felt responsible to respond to such circumstance, what a kid from an industrial city in Hokkaidō where there’s not much going on culturally, should say or could do in the world of contemporary art.”