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‘random memo random’, 2016, Mixed media installation / Performance
Image courtesy the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan

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‘random memo random’, 2016, Mixed media installation / Performance
Image courtesy the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan

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‘random memo random’, 2016, Mixed media installation / Performance
Image courtesy the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan

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‘Delicate cycle’, 2016, Mixed media installation / Perfomance Courtesy the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Photo by Kyle Knodell

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‘Delicate cycle’, 2016, Mixed media installation / Perfomance Courtesy the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Photo by Kyle Knodell

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‘Delicate cycle’, 2016, Mixed media installation / Perfomance
Courtesy the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Photo by Kyle Knodell

Aki Sasamoto

19 July – 4 August

Aki Sasamoto (b. 1980, Kanagawa, Japan) is a New York-based Japanese artist who works in performance, sculpture, dance, and whatever other mediums it takes to get her ideas across. Sasamoto’s performance/installation works revolve around gestures on nothing and everything.  Her installations are careful arrangements of sculpturally altered found objects, and the decisive gestures in her improvisational performances create feedback, responding to sound, objects, and moving bodies.  The constructed stories seem personal at first, yet oddly open to variant degrees of access, relation, and reflection.

Her works have been shown both in performing art and visual art venues in New York and abroad. Besides her own works, she has collaborated with musicians, choreographers, scientists and scholars, and she plays the multiple roles of dancer, sculptor, or director.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 Menu, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan

2017 Wrong Happy Hour, Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2017 Yield Point, The Kitchen, New York, U.S.A

2016 Delicate Cycle, Sculpture Center, New York, U.S.A

2015 No Choice, Harmony Murphy Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A

2014 Wrong Happy Hour, JTT, New York

2012 Talking in Circles in Talking, Soloway, New York, U.S.A

2012 E_O, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

2012 A LIKENESS HAS BLISTERS, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York, U.S.A (with Agnes Martin)

2012 Secrets of My Mother’s Child, Jerome Zodo Contemporary, Milan, Italy

2010 Strange Attractors, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

2009 Love is the End of Art, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York,U.S.A (with Momus)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Travellers: Stepping into the Unknown – NMAO’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

2017 SequencesVIII:realtimeartfestival, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

2017 Common Exchange,Cambridge Common, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A

2017 Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2017,
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2016 3rd Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, Japan

2016 11th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China

2016 O / U,Room East, New York, U.S.A

2015 Visitors, Governor’s Island, New York, U.S.A

2015 Dojima Biennale 2015, Dojima River Forum, Osaka, Japan

2015 Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, New York, U.S.A

2015 PARASOPHIA: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015, Horikawa Housing Complex, Kyoto, Japan

2014 Pier 54, High Line Art, New York, U.S.A

2013 5th Anniversary, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan

2013 Out of Doubt: Roppongi Crossing 2013, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2013 The Alumni Show II, Wesleyan University, Conetticut, U.S.A

2013 Kool-Aid Wino, Franklin Street Works, Conneticut, U.S.A

2013 Neo Povera, L & M Arts, California, U.S.A

2013 Struktur & Organismus III, Marillenhof – Destillerie Kausl, Mühldorf, Germany

2013 A Spoken Word Exhibition, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

2012 Gwangju Biennale 2012: Roundtable, Gwangju, South Korea

2012 Oh, you mean cellophane and all that crap, Calder Foundation, New York, U.S.A

2012 Omnilogue: Journey to the West, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India

2011 Frame section in Frieze Art Fair, Regent’s Park, London, UK

2011 Collection show, Shoes Or No Shoes?, Kruishoutem, Belgium

2010 Make a monkey out of clay out of clay in CULTURED, Miami Design District, Florida, U.S.A

2010 Greater New York: 5 Year Review, MoMA PS1, New York, U.S.A

2010  Brick + Mortar: International Video Art Festival, Greenfield, MA,U.S.A

2010 WUFF: A project by COCO & spike art magazine, Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine at different locations

2010 Whenever Wherever Festival, Asahi Art Square, Tokyo, Japan

2010 Whitney Biennial 2010, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, U.S.A

2009 One Minute More, The Kitchen, New York, U.S.A

2009 Body Trauma, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, New York, U.S.A

2009 Living Room 2009, Auckland, New Zealand

2008 Yokohama Triennale,Yokohama, Japan

2008 Time Crevasse, Yokohama, Japan

2008 Freeway Balconies, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany

2008 Defining a Moment: 25 New York Artists, House of Campari, New York, U.S.A

2008 Performed Identity, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, U.S.A

2007 MFA Thesis Show, Christie’s, New York, U.S.A

2007 Renagades, Exit Art, New York, U.S.A

2006 Tokyo – San Francisco Arts Festival, The Lab, San Francisco, U.S.A

2006 MFA 1st Year Show, Wallach Art Gallery, New York, U.S.A

2005 Praying Project, Exit Art, New York, U.S.A

Selected Performances / Theater Productions

2017 It’s Happening! Celebrating 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks, Central Park, New York, U.S.A

2016 Their Shoes, Elastic City, New York, U.S.A

2015 untitled, petit cadeau by Claudia La Rocco, Chocolate Factory Theater, New York, U.S.A

2015 Food Rental, High Line Art, New York, U.S.A

2015 Skewed Lies / Parallel Stare, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, U.S.A

2014 Skewed Lies, TBA Festival, PICA, Portland, U.S.A

2014 Sunny in the Furnace, The Kitchen, New York, U.S.A

2013 WE LIVE WITH ANIMALS in Performa 13, Van Alen Institute, New York, U.S.A

2013 This is not a pink pony 1+2 by Yvonne Meier: as a dancer, Abrons Arts Center, New York, U.S.A

2012 Centripetal Run, The Chocolate Factory, New York, U.S.A

2012 book presentation, Bullet Space, New York, U.S.A

2012 Movement Research Spring Festival, The Center at West Park, New York, U.S.A

2012 Good Tool, Gallery Diet, Miami, U.S.A

2012 Oh, you mean cellophane and all that crap, Calder Foundation, New York, U.S.A

2012 ¡Lo Carnavalesco!, Mycellium, Piso 51, Mexico City D.F., Mexico

2011 Shining by Yvonne Meier; as a dancer, New York Live Arts/ The Invisible Dogs, New York, U.S.A

2011 The Future, The Whitney Community Day: Aki Sasamoto, Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building project, New York, U.S.A

2011 Postmodern Visiting Artist: Aki Sasamoto, Arts @ 29 Garden, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A

2011 Brother of Gogolorez by Yvonne Meier; as a dancer, Danspace Project, New York, U.S.A

2010 100 Years of Performance, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia

2010 Transart Festival, Bolzano, Italy

2009 Prompt, Performa; collaboration with Momus, White Slab, New York, U.S.A

2009 Domestic Partners, The Chocolate Factory, New York, U.S.A

2008 Movement Research Spring Festival, Judson Memorial Church, New York, U.S.A

2008 “– ,” BRIC Studio, New York, U.S.A

2007 Area 51: collaboration with Yvonne Meier, Danspace Project at St. Marc’s Church, New York, U.S.A

2007 CMC Fun Night #4: collaboration with Anne Wellmer/Arturo Vidich, New York, U.S.A

2007 Construct, Exit Art, New York, U.S.A

2007 Mute: collaboration with Dan St. Clair, Issue Project Room, New York, U.S.A

2007 Little Theater, Tonic, New York, U.S.A

2007 CRAM, The Chocolate Factory, New York, U.S.A

2006 Bushwick Arts Project Festival: collaboration with Dan St. Clair, 3rd Ward, New York, U.S.A

2006 Water Performance: collaboration with Jeffrey Schiff, Exit Art, New York, U.S.A

2005 DRAWN, The Chocolate Factory, New York, U.S.A

2005 Boundaries, Philosophy Box Gallery, New York, U.S.A

2004 Howl Festival: collaboration with Lily Skove/Arturo Vidich,  Le Petit Versailles, New York. U.S.A

2004 Salvage/Salvation: collaboration with Arturo Vidich, Queens’ Botanical Garden, New York, U.S.A

2004 Dancing Asia, Asia Society, New York, U.S.A

Awards / Scholarships

2017 Grants for Artists in Visual Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts

2016 Japan Cultural Envoy, the Agency for Cultural Affairs

2014 The Bessies (nomination for Outstanding Production), NY Dance and Performance Award / Process Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

2013-14 Grants for Overseas Study by Young Artists, Pola Art Foundation

2012 Oscar Willliams and Gene Derwood Award, The New York Community Trust

2011-12 Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan

2010 Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Art

2007 Visual Art Grant Award, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation / Toby Fund Award, The Toby Fund

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