- Born 1984 in Saitama, Japan
- Based in Tokyo, Japan
Kato Tsubasa is known for Pull and Raise, an ongoing project in which he works together with local communities, both in Japan and abroad, to raise up simple large-scale wooden structures using ropes. These structures reflect the hardships each community has faced, from natural disasters and urban development to resource extraction. He has shown new developments in his recent works, which include a piece in which struggling, rope-bound musicians perform the national anthem of the United States. While all of his collaborations, which are fraught with physicality, are implemented as one-time-only performances, Kato films the projects from multiple angles and makes them into video pieces. By re-presenting in video the participants’ solidarity and sense of accomplishment, he evokes the fragility and ephemerality of temporary communities, as well as the ambiguous flows of communication, such as its tensions and its releases.
- Reenacting_history Collective Actions and Everyday Gestures, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea
- Uprisings, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
- Spider’s Thread – Spinning images of Japanese beauty, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
- Time of Others, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan