Bontarō Dokuyama (b.1984) is a Tokyo-based Japanese contemporary artist.
Dokuyama started his artistic practice after witnessing the utter change to his hometown of Fukushima brought about by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, and the meltdown of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear Power Plant.
By employing wide-ranging methodologies and approaches, including political activism, installation or video, Dokuyama investigates forgotten memories of the past, places, issues and phenomena that have become hard to see in contemporary society. Exploring histories and how they intrude on the present, what remains and what has disappeared. Dokuyama reveals the memories and emotions of people who have fallen through the cracks of history. He questions our conformity and dependency on a given social mechanism and seeks to uncover the complexity of reality and that hidden from our sight.
He has exhibited both nationally and internationally including, Aichi Triennale: Taming Y/Our Passion, Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, Japan (2019); Roppongi Crossing 2019: Connexions, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2019); X AND BEYOND, Copenhagen, Denmark (2018), and AOYAMAMEGURO, Tokyo, Japan / Assembling, K11, Shenyang, China (2018).