Tomoko Sawada (born in Kobe, 1977) studied at the Seian University of Art and Design. She uses photography to explore the relationship between one’s inner life and outer image. Her works borrow compositional devices from familiar photographic formats such as the school portrait and wedding and fashion photography, restaging them in a satirical mode so as to lay bare their various stereotypes and assumptions. Predominantly casting herself in the role of the model, Sawada has built an extraordinary cast of characters that present a humorous and incisive portrait of the Japanese society. She has been a recipient of the Grand Prize at the Canon New Cosmos of Photography, the ICP Infinity Award, and Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award. Her works have been presented internationally and are included in major public collections including Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, International Center of Photography, New York and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Sawada’s recent solo shows: FACIAL SIGNATURE at MEM (Tokyo, 2015) and ROSEGALLERY (Santa Monica, 2016), My Faces at Pace/Macgill Gallery (New York, 2015), glop shows; The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography at J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, 2015), Performing for the Camera at Tate Modern (London, 2016), Multiple Future –Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions at TOP Museum (Tokyo, 2017). Tomoko Sawada lives and works in Kobe, Japan.