• Born 1983 in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan.

Focusing on how the act of “making” is not exclusive to mankind, AKI INOMATA creates “collaboratively” with non-human animals, producing artworks that grow from her interactions with living creatures and reflect her observations on the relationship between humans and animals.

Her major works include Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?, in which she created elaborate shells for hermit crabs, and Memory of Currency, an attempt to create “money fossils” that link modern currencies with seashells, which were used as currency before modern times.

Her recent exhibitions include Broken Nature, MoMA (2021; New York, USA), AKI INOMATA: Significant Otherness, Towada Art Center (2019; Aomori, Japan), The XXII Triennale di Milano, La Triennale di Milano (2019; Italy), Thailand Biennale 2018 (Krabi), and Aki Inomata, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?, Musée d’arts de Nantes (2018; France).

  • Passing her a piece of cloth, 2021
  • Courtesy of Maho Kubota Gallery