Born in Tokyo, Chino Otsuka came to Britain at the age of 10. The core of her photographic work is based on the personal experience arising from this move and her sense of a dual inheritance from both East and West. In many of her projects she uses self-portraiture to explore themes of belonging, identity and memory. For her, memory is a form of storytelling and the narrative element is important throughout her work. She is preoccupied with the idea of home, displacement, memory and loss. What makes a place a home and where does a sense of belonging come from? For Chino, tracing back and recreating the past is a way to deal with such issues. The imagined and the real, reflection and projection, past and present are all recurring themes.
Trained at the Royal College of Art, London and at the University of Westminster, Otsuka has exhibited throughout Europe, as well as in the United States, China and Japan, and her work is held in several public and private collections. Her first book Imagine Finding Me was published in the UK by TRACE Editions. Otsuka lives and works in London.