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Lucas Artists Fellow

Tina Takemoto’s experimental films explore queer Asian American history and memory by following traces of same-sex intimacy left in the historical record. Takemoto manipulates found footage and archival materials through a labor-intensive processes of painting, scratching, and lifting 35mm and 16mm film emulsion with scotch tape, razor blades, and nail polish. By engaging the tactile and sensory dimensions of queer history, Takemoto conjures up immersive fantasies involving butch bentos, femme fish filleting, and homoerotic breadmaking. Takemoto has exhibited widely and received grants from Art Matters, ArtPlace, Fleishhacker Foundation, and San Francisco Arts Commission. Takemoto was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Experimental Film at the Slamdance Film Festival and Best Experimental Film Jury Award at the Austin LGBT International Film Festival; other screenings include the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archive, BFI Flare, CAAMfest, MIX Milano, Outfest, Queer Forever! (Hanoi), TranScreen (Amsterdam), and the Xposed International Queer Film Festival (Berlin). Takemoto is a board member of Queer Cultural Center and Dean of Humanities and Sciences at California College of the Arts.