Based in Toronto, Emma Nishimura works with a range of media, including printmaking, photography, sculpture and installation. Her work addresses ideas of memory and loss that are rooted within family stories and inherited narratives. For the past decade, Nishimura’s research and art practice has focused on the experiences her family and thousands of other Japanese Canadians endured throughout their forced incarceration during the Second World War. Her work explores this history and the reverberations these experiences have had throughout the subsequent generations.


Emma Nishimura has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is in a number of public and private collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Japanese Canadian National Museum and the Library of Congress. She is the recipient of the Queen Sonja Print Award 2018. Emma Nishimura received her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her BA from the University of Guelph. She is an Assistant Professor and the Chair of Photography, Printmaking and Publications at OCAD University.


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