Tina Takemoto

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Tina Takemoto is a visual studies scholar and artist whose work explores issues of race, illness, queer identity, memory, and grief. Her current research explores the hidden dimensions of same-sex intimacy and queer sexuality for Japanese Americans incarcerated by the US government during World War II. Takemoto has received grants funded by Art Matters, the Fleishhacker Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. 

Her work has been exhibited and performed at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Asian Art Museum, Oceanside Museum of Art, GLBT History Museum, New Conservatory Theatre, Sabina Lee Gallery, Sesnon Gallery, SF Camerawork, SOMArts, SFMOMA, and the Vargas Museum. Her film Looking for Jiro received the Jury Award for Best Experimental Film at Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and her films have screened at numerous venues including Ann Arbor Film Festival, Outfest, CAAMfest, MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, Hamburg Queer Film Festival, MIX Milano, Rio Gay Film Festival, Seoul's International Women's Film Festival, and Queer Forever! Film Festival Hanoi.

Takemoto's articles appear in Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, Afterimage, Millennium Film Journal, Art Journal, GLQ, Journal of Visual Culture, Performance Research, Radical Teacher, Theatre Survey, Women and Performance, and the anthologies Queering Asian American ArtOtherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories and Thinking Through the Skin. Takemoto serves on the board of the Queer Cultural Center and is co-founder of Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts. 

Her teaching interests include contemporary art, visual culture, performance art, Asian American visual culture, queer art and theory, postcolonial studies, and critical race theory.


BA, University of California, Berkeley; MFA, Rutgers State University of New Jersey; MA, PhD, University of Rochester

Website: www.ttakemoto.com