Zen Foto Gallery is pleased to present Hideka Tonomura’s third solo exhibition “die of love” from November 24 to December 22, following her exhibition “They Called Me Yukari / mama love” in 2013 and “orange elephant” in 2016. Her latest work “die of love” is a love story woven by all the happiness, sadness, difficulties and ridiculousness in life - which can be considered as Tonomura’s own “theatre of love”. A photo book under the same title will be published to accompany the exhibition.

Love has no form

If love has a form,

let it be a photograph in the very end

It’s nothing but paper

Just laugh -

Life itself is ridiculous, afterall


Ah, a tragicomedy, it is

ーHideka Tonomura

Artist Profile


Born in 1979, in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture, Hideka Tonomura graduated from the Broadcasting and Filmmaking Department of Osaka Visual Arts School and began photographing in 2002. In 2008, she published her first photobook “mama love” with Akaaka Art Publishing, revealing her deepest pain and the dark, hidden secrets of her family, leaving an unforgettable impression on everyone. She published “They called me Yukari” with Zen Foto Gallery in 2013, in which she has documented the life and people around her when she was working as a hostess in Kabukicho, Shinjuku. Now actively presenting her work in and out of Japan, her recent publications include “orange elephant” (Zen Foto Gallery) in 2015 and “cheki” (Morel Books) in 2018.

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