Saeborg

  • Born 1981 in Toyama, Japan
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan
  • Photo:ZIGEN

Saeborg creates latex body suits as extensions of her own skin, deploying them in performances. Motivated by her strong desire to transcend fixed identities (such as gender) and even the human body itself, she dons bodysuits that caricature sows or insects as toy-like figures, creating playful dystopias composed of the ecosystem’s basest creatures. The lives of livestock—their procreative activity, the delivery of their offspring—are strictly managed, and then they’re sent off to the slaughterhouse. In Saeborg’s work, this world is portrayed with an innocent cheerfulness, resulting in a sense of irony. All of her pieces to present have been shown in international exhibitions and museums in both Japan and abroad, following premieres at the Tokyo fetish party Department-H.

Selected Works & Awards

2018
TAG: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
2016
Roppongi Art Night 2016, Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014
17th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, Kanagawa, Japan, Toshiko Okamoto Award
  • Slaughterhouse-9, 2014, 17th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, The Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Photo: Kyoichi Tsuzuki
  • Courtesy of Kyoichi Tsuzuki