About

Kei Ito is a conceptual photographer working primarily with camera-less image making and installation art. Ito’s work addresses issues of deep loss and intergenerational connection as he explores the materiality and experimental processes of photography. His work deals with trauma and legacy passed down from his late grandfather, a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima and a later anti-nuclear activist, in relation to current threats of nuclear disaster. Ito’s artwork breaks down machine-based modern photography into an organic and human process; an embodiment of his performative art making due to his use of sunlight as his exposure unit and the duration of his breath for the exposure time. Through ritualistic image-making, the audience sees how he grapples with his family’s historical connection to nuclear weapons and power. Ito’s art serves as an intermediary, a memento of his grandfather, and his own experience in today’s nuclear climate.