Tina Takemoto, San Francisco

Eureka Fellowship Awardees 2018


Takemoto is a multimedia artist exploring the intersections of race, queer identity, and memory through performance art and experimental video. Her work focuses on the hidden dimensions of same sex intimacy and queer sexuality in Asian American history. Takemoto has received grants from the James Irvine Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Japanese American Citizens League. Her films have screened at Frameline, San Francisco, CA, Outfest, Los Angles, CA, Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI, Rio Gay Film Festival, Brazil, MIX, Milano, Italy, Seoul’s International Women’s Film Festival, Korea, and Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, Austin, TX, where she received the Best Experimental Jury Award. Takemoto is an associate professor at California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, and co-founder of Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts. She is completing a trilogy of queer camp films featuring fantasies of homoerotic bread-making, butch bentos, and femme fish filleting inspired by three Japanese immigrants who survived the isolation, humiliation, and heteronormativity of life in the American wartime camps.

Film still from Looking for Jiro
Film Still from Warning Shot
Film still from Warning Shot