Born in Milan, Italy

Lives and works in London


Selected Exhibitions

2019 "Suche nach Schönheit" Group Exhibition - Fotofestival Lenzburg 2019, Switzerland

2018 sporenland - solo show with counterpart work by Heinrich Schildknecht (1874 - 1959) at fotodiskurs, Augsburg , Germany

2017    Making It Real - a festival exploring how analogue photographic, filmic and audio processes interact with digital technologies - hosted by

            London Alternative Photography at Ugly Duck, London

             Burning with pleasure #3 - artists' book exhibition - curated by archipelago at Seen Fifteen Gallery, London

             Shortlisted for the Hariban Award 2017

2016    fragments - a darkroom exhibition: artist residency exhibition, Fortismere School photography department, London

2015    Kinokophonography Night - a curated sound cinema event featuring audio works Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

             The JHB Archive: 23/1961 or 28/1961 - group exhibition curated by Jo Gane BOM (Birmingham Open Media)

2014     Photography as Installation - LCC MA Photography Alumni group exhibition, Oxford House, Bethnal Green, London

             Repetitions, Retracing, Relapses - Mean Time Collective exhibition and workshop, Double Negative Darkroom, London (Art Licks Weekend)

              ArtWorks Open 2014 - group exhibition of selected works

2013      MA Photography 2013 Final Exhibition, London College of Communication

              SEE - self-published newspaper of contemporary photography The Underground Gallery, London

2009     A Retrospect - group exhibition of drawings, Burgh House, London

2005     Signifiers - solo show, Foundry, London

2004     Rafts - solo show, Foundry, London

2003     Mixed Sandwich - printmaking group exhibition, Gallery OM, Yokohama, Japan

2000     Sitting on a Branch Wiggling My Toes - solo installation show, Moira Expositieruimte, Utrecht, the Netherlands

1999      Things to Come - group show, Moira Expositieruimte, Utrecht, the Netherlands


2013    M.A Photography, London College of Communication, London

1997     M.A Fine Art Japanese Painting, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan      

1995     HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, the Netherlands                                               

1994     B.A Fine Art Japanese Painting, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan  


2017 - 2018    University of Hertfordshire AA2A

2014 - 2016    Fortismere School, London

Scholarships and Grants

2016     a-n Professional Development Bursary

1997     Pola Art Foundation (Japan), Artists' Grant                                        

1995     Netherlands Government Scholarship (NUFFIC)


2018 Sayako Sugawara sporenland - fotodiskurs 11 Exhibition Publication. Edited by Wolfgang Mennel and Christof Rehm

2017   (Copy) The Schwarze Mönch - Dummy Book

2012    SEE - self-published newspaper of contemporary photography, Brighton Photo Fringe Festival