Maki L. Hosokawa is a Mexican-Japanese plastic artist born in Mexico in 1984. In 2009 she received a Bachelor in Industrial Design from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She is now studying arts at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee, Germany. Her work explores the conceptualization of “the self” and identity in the contemporary society. This originates from the understanding of the decoding process of symbolic elements to which immigrants become in contact with when exposed to a new or different culture.
Her thesis 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 this systems as spaces of constant negotiation, not only from the political and anti-neoliberal standing point, but also as spaces of reflection about collectivism, the “ego” and the expansion of consciousness. In parallel, her practical thesis approaches the weaving technique as an emancipatory activity which carries ancient wisdom and contributes in the formation of identity.
She has worked as executive director at LIGA, space for architecture, DF, creative coordinator and manager of various projects. Her artistic work has taken place and been shown in various countries like Mexico, Japan, Greece, Germany, amongst others.