Maki L. Hosokawa is a Mexican-Japanese plastic artist (1984, Mexico) currently living in Berlin. Alternating between art, industrial design and architecture, she continuously explores alternative ways creative practices can become a means for social change.
Her work explores the conceptualization of “the self” and identity in the contemporary society. This approach originated from the artist’s interest in understanding the decoding processes of symbolic elements to which immigrants become in contact with when exposed to a new or different culture. Her master thesis and ongoing work is based on autonomous systems present in San Cristóbal de las Casas (Chiapas, Mexico), reflection of strong influences from different spheres (academic, religious, philosophic, artistic and cultural). She questions these systems as spaces of constant negotiation, not only from the political and anti-neoliberal standing point, but also as spaces of reflection about the “ego,” the expansion of consciousness and collectivism. Her practice has in parallel approached the weaving technique as an emancipatory activity which carries ancient wisdom and contributes in the transformation of identity.
Her artistic work has taken place and been shown in various countries like Mexico, Japan, Greece, Germany, amongst others.
2016 - 2019
MA Raumstrategien Kunsthochschule Berlin (Weißensee) - Hochschule für Gestaltung
(www.kh-berlin.de) Berlin, Germany
2003 - 2009
BA Industrial Design, Universidad Iberoamericana
(www.ibero.mx) Mexico City, Mexico Graduated with honors
September 2006 - January 2007
Exchange semester, Politecnico di Milano
(www.polimi.it) Milan, Italy
February - July 2007
Exchange semester, University of Canberra
(www.canberra.edu.au) Canberra, Australia