Chim ↑ Pom (formed 2005, Tokyo, Japan) is an artist collective with members Ryuta Ushiro, Yasutaka Hayashi, Ellie, Masataka Okada, Motomu Inaoka, and Toshinori Mizuno.
Responding instinctively to the “real” of their times, Chim ↑ Pom has continuously released works that intervene in contemporary society with strong social messages. In addition to participating in exhibitions throughout the world, they develop various independent projects.
In 2015, they opened their artist-run space “Garter” in Tokyo to curate and showcase work by many of their contemporaries. They also initiated, organized, and participated in the international exhibition Don’t Follow the Wind, which was launched on March 11, 2015, in Fukushima inside the nuclear exclusion zone created after the 2011 nuclear disaster.
Since then they have been working on various projects related to the theme of “borders” and presented The Other Side, a project on the U.S.-Mexico border, in 2017. The group received the Prudential Eye Awards in 2015 in the categories of Best Emerging Artist Using Digital/Video and Best Emerging Artist of the Year.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 Non-Burnable, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, USA
2017 The other side, MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo, Japan
2016 So see you again tomorrow, too?, Kabukicho Shinko-Kumiai Bldg., Tokyo, Japan
2015 SUPER RAT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2013 Hiroshima!!!!!, Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch, Hiroshima, Japan
2012 Chim ↑ Pom, Parco Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Chim ↑ Pom, MoMA PS1, New York, USA
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Negotiating the Future: 2017 Asian Art Biennale, Taichung, Taiwan
2017 Mondes Flottants: 14th Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France
2016 20th Biennale of Sydney (Don’t Follow the Wind), Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia
2016 Busan Biennale 2016, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea
2015 Don’t Follow the Wind, inside the radioactive exclusion zone, Fukushima, Japan
2014 Zero Tolerance, MoMA PS1, New York, USA
2012 The 9th Shanghai Biennale – REACTIVATION, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art,
2010 The 29th São Paulo Biennial – There is always a cup of sea to sail in, Ciccillo Matarazzo
Pavilion, Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, Brazil
2009 Why Can’t We Make the Sky of Hiroshima “PIKA!”?, co-edited with Kenichi Abe, Tokyo: MUJIN-TO Production
2010 Chim ↑ Pom, Tokyo: Kawade Shobo Shinsha
2012 GeijutsuJikkohan [Art as Action], Tokyo: Asahi Press
2014 Ellie Wa Itsumo Kimochi Warui, Tokyo: Asahi Press
2015 Don’t Follow the Wind: official exhibition catalogue, co-edited with Noi Sawaragi, Tokyo: Kawade Shobo Shinsha
2017 The City as Its People: Sukurappu ando Birudo Project, Tokyo: LIXIL Publishing