Nobuhiro Shimura

Nobuhiro Shimura’s early works consist of video projection installations of familiar motifs projected on to particular places and materials, transforming the meaning of the space in which the work was installed. In recent years he engages in film and documentary methodologies, employing a sociological approach to investigate histories of lands and regions through field work. In doing so Shimura seeks a new method of expression that traverses different historical descriptions, from histories of livelihood to cultural and political histories.

Born 1982, Tokyo. Shimura completed his master’s degree in Imaging Arts and Sciences at Musashino Art University, now lives and works in Chiba. He was a visiting researcher at INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales) in Paris for 2 years (2016-18) under the overseas study program for upcoming artists of the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Recent solo exhibitions include Mono no ke (Warrnambool Art Gallery, Australia, 2018), group exhibitions include The World Precedes the Eye (ICA Singapore, 2016), Roppongi Crossing 2016: My Body, Your Voice (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2016) and CONSTELLATIONS: Practice for Unseen Connections/ Discoveries (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, 2015).





  • Nobuhiro SHIMURA
  • 1982

    Born in Tokyo, Japan

  • 2007

    MA Imaging Art Course, Musashino Art University, Japan

  • 2016-

    INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales), France

  • 2022

    HEART Special Exhibition Nobuhiro Shimura, Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum

  • 2021

    Interplay, KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater, Yokohama

  • 2019

    Land, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo
    Emerging Artist in Chiba vol. 1 Nobuhiro Shimura Afterglow, Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, Chiba

  • 2018

    Mono no ke, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Australia

  • 2016

    Ring Ring, YUKA TSURUNO Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2015


  • 2014

    Palimpsest Overwritten – Memories / Superimposed Memories – vol.5, gallery αM, Tokyo
    Sound of Rainbow, Bells of Soil, Kamimukaenomichi, Izumo, Shimane

  • 2013

    Slow Sculpture, YUKA TSURUNO Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2012

    Beautiful Blow, Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo
    Pocket, Lamp harajuku gallery, Tokyo
    Dress, TRAUMARIS|SPACE, Tokyo

  • 2010

    Swing, Sakshi Gallery Art Salon, Taipei
    Erase the subject, Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo

  • 2009

    UKABE, Yokohama Museum of Art, Grand Gallery and Art Information Center, Yokohama

  • 2005

    somariyuku-utsuroi, site, Tokyo

  • 2022

    The Connections, Odawara Sannomaru Hall
    Flower of Life, Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka

  • 2021

    Taking a Walk Through Yokohama City, Yokohama
    KINAN ART WEEK, Shirahama town, Tanabe city, Wakayama

  • 2020

    Garden of Life: Eight Contemporary Artists Venture into Nature, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

  • 2019

    21st DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow, The National Art Center, Tokyo

  • 2017

    KLEX・Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival, Checkmate Creative/ RAW Art Space, Kuala Lumpur
    Nimman Film Festival 2017, Chiang Mai University Art Center, Chiang Mai (Film screening)

  • 2016

    The World Precedes the Eye: An Affiliate Project of Singapore Biennale 2016, ICA Singapore
    Roppongi Crossing 2016: My Body, Your Voice, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

  • 2015

    germination play, Do a Front, Yamaguchi
    Cafe in Mito R, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki
    Kamino-hikarino-awa Water Ceremony, Center for COSMIC WONDER, Tokyo
    “Expression of moving image now“ from Daisuke Miyatsu Collection, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
    CONSTELLATIONS: Practice for Unseen Connections/ Discoveries, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

  • 2013

    Towada Oirase Art Festival “SURVIVE“ -Time hoppers on the planet- , Towada Art Center, Oirase Keiryu Hotel, Aomori
    CANDLE NIGHT 2013 CONCET + EXHIBITION (Shimura Nobuhiro x Syuta Hasunuma), Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka
    Summer Museum for All Ages: WITH ART, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
    watashitachi ni datte iibun ga aru, NADiff gallery, Tokyo
    The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum Collection: on this planet, Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka
    Roppongi Art Night 2013, Ryudocho bijutsukan-dori, Tokyo
    trans_2012-2013: Residence Support Program Exhibition, Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi

  • 2012

    TERATOTERA Festival 2012, Inokashira Park, Tokyo
    Various Drawings, YUKA TSURUNO, Tokyo
    Experimenta Speak to Me: 5th International Biennial of Media Art, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
    Summer Workshop Project 2012 The Land of Secrets, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
    Similarities and Differences -Asian Contemporary Media Arts from Daisuke Miyatsu Collection-, BEXCO, Busan
    Roppongi Art Night 2012, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo  
    Michiko Nakatani・Nobuhiro Shimura + Hirofumi Masuda, Hiyori Art Center, Miyagi

  • 2011

    Lumen・Sonus・Memoria, YUKA TSURUNO, Tokyo
    TERATOTERA Festival, Harmonica Yokocho, Tokyo
    The Secret Garden~Unlock the memories, Setagaya Catholic Church, Tokyo
    Koganecho Bazaar 2011, Kogane-cho area, Yokohama
    Touch of Image, Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino, Yokohama

  • 2010

    Koganecho Bazaar 2010, Kogane-cho area, Yokohama
    Aichi Triennale 2010, Choja-machi area, Nagoya (Aichi)
    AiR, Taipei Artist Village, Taipei

  • 2009

    5+1: Junction Box, VACANT, Tokyo
    Koganecho Bazaar 2009, Kogane-cho area, Yokohama

  • 2008

    Akasaka Art Flower 08, former SHIMAZAKI restaurant, Tokyo

  • 2007

    Digital Art Festival Tokyo 2007, Panasonic Center Tokyo, Tokyo
    Yokohama Boogie: Under the Influence, ZAIM, Yokohama

  • Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka
    Daisuke Miyatsu Collection
    RMIT University Art Collection, Melbourne

  • 2018

    ETXE NAMI, France

  • 2013

    Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi

  • 2010

    Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei
    Taipei Artist Village, Taipei

  • 2009

    Koganecho Area Management Center, Yokohama

  • 2011

    Koganecho Bazaar Award chosen by the local community

  • 2007

    NHK Digital Studium Digista Awards 2007 Interactive/Installation section, Grand prix

  • highlight, YUKA TSURUNO, 2011
    Process of visual expression (Co-author), Musashino Art University Press, 2010

  • [Catalogue]
    Garden of Life Eight Contemporary Artists Venture into Nature, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Seigensha, 2020, p.87-94
    Yu, Iseki, Cafe in Mito R Exhibition, Mito Arts Foundation, 2015, p. c-26 – p. c-29
    Koichi Wada, Palimpsest – Superimposed Memories, gallery aM, 2015, p. 73 – 111
    Artist Interview, Touch of Image, Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino, Yokohama, 2011, p. 5 – 6
    Yoshida, Yuri, Aichi Triennale 2010 Arts and Cities, Aichi Triennnale Organizing Commitee, 2010, p. 176
    Matsunaga, Shintaro, AIMY2009 Nobuhiro Shimura Exhibition: UKABE, Yokohama Museum of Art, 2009
    Ashidate, Sayaka, Akasaka Art Flower 08, Akasaka Art Flower 08 Office, 2008, p. 72

    Aoyama, Shoko, Asahi Shinbun evining edition, 1 October 2008

    Hayashi, Nakako, HYACINTH REVOLUTION issue, here and there vol.13, Nieves, 2018, p.40-41
    Natsumi, Oh, Popeye Forum 2016 December Culture Paradise!, POPEYE, November 10, 2016, p.173
    Nakako Hayashi, here and there, vol.12 ZOKU KAKUCHO issue, 2015
    Nakako Hayashi, Nakako Hayashi’s What’s Art?, GINZA Magazine, Magazine House, April 2015, p. 173