River Kenji Fujimoto is a Japanese-Sicilian, yonsei, multidisciplinary artist, maker and printmaker based in Tkaronto, ON. Their research broadly combs through the complexities of being mixed race, queer, trans, disabled and a descendant of Japanese Canadian incarceration camp survivors. Their practice is a selfstudy that primarily uses relief printmaking techniques and text to explore their relationship as being part of a diaspora and their positionality as a settler for many generations.
In their recent works, they have focused on themes of accessibility, imposter syndrome, and perfectionism through relief and screenprinting methods. They are interested in our relationships with others, ourselves and the body. Much of their work can be interpreted as self portraiture, as they use their practice to better understand navigating spaces and systems. More recently, they have been creating through paper marbling, chine-collé, bookmaking, screen printing and intaglio print techniques.
You can find them @river_makes on Instagram.
2024 BFA Printmaking & Publications, OCAD University, Tkaronto, ON
2023 Open Studio Contemporary Printmaking Studio Residency, 401 Richmond St. W Suite #104, Tkaronto, ON
2023 Queer Pride & Prejudice: Transcultural Queer & Asian Futurities, curated by Julius Poncelet Manapul, online exhibition
2022 Where We Rely curated by Nina Ankisetty, Carbonic Coffee, Tkaronto, ON
2014 Flash Forward Incubator Program curated by the Magenta Foundation, Twist Gallery, Tkaronto, ON
2023 PaperJam: A Zine Fair, Tranzac Club, Tkaronto, ON
2019 2SQTBIPOC Arts & Zine Fair, Tranzac Club, Tkaronto, ON
2023 Open Studio: Artist Talk, 401 Richmond St. W Suite #104, Tkaronto, ON
2022 OCAD University: Artist Talk, Professional Practice (Prof. Amish Morrell) Tkaronto, ON