Toshie Takeuchi is a mother, visual artist and filmmaker who was born in Aichi, Japan. At the age 23, Toshie quit her office job and moved to London and studied photography. She later gained education in the field of moving image and performance in Finland and The Netherlands. Currently Toshie is based in Copenhagen Denmark with her family.
Toshie’s art practice focuses on shedding light on disregarded personal or local memories. Microscopic stories of individuals, communities and small local cities are important regardless of their size. She explores methods how the microscopic stories can challenge on large dominant geo-political narratives and how they can suggest transnational shared sensibilities. This interest was derived from her personal experience in 2011, when she lived in an artists community situated in a squatted embassy of Democratic Republic of the Congo in the Netherlands. There, she observed herself in the community that “curated” the history of the hosting space (the occupying embassy) for our sake. While believing in the activity of squatting and loving to live in the community, she continuously reflected on her dilemma thus started exploring the western colonial history. This experience led her to create a 2 channels performative documentary film 'A House Placed In Between - Poetry in the comfortable grey zone'
Her recent practices focus on collectivity and exploratio of new forms of art expression outside of institutionalised set of aesthetics. Toshie believes decolonising own art expression can also be part of healing and challenging the society that continuously maintain colonial knowledge and orders. This approach can be seen in the works such as; 'bØN ODORI in the making of a land', Workshop 'Rituals for Decolonization', 'Play it on the Sky – Borderless praxis with kites'
Toshie is currently working on 2 researches: One focuses on disconnection from the memories of her grandfather in the context of the Asia Pacific War and Japan's modern colonial history. Another is disregarded local memories of the Shinkolobwe uranium mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the uranium ore was used to develop atomic bombs dropped on Japan. These processes can be seen on Toshie’s IG page.
Besides her own art practice, Toshie also works as an organiser and curator through Faculty of Senses, artist-run initiative that explores new cross sensory art forms through research, talks, workshops and performance.