Sasamoto Aki

  • Born 1980 Kanagawa, Japan.
  • Based in New York, USA.

Sasamoto Aki is a New York-based, Japanese artist, who works in performance, sculpture, dance, and video. Her works have been shown both in performing art and visual art venues in New York and abroad. She frequently collaborates with musicians, choreographers, scientists and scholars, and plays multiple roles as dancer, sculptor and director in her own projects as well as those of other artists. Currently, Sasamoto works as an Assistant Professor in Sculpture, the Yale School of Art.

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 exhibitions include the solo show Delicate Cycle at SculptureCenter (2016; New York, USA), and group exhibitions such as Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown– NMAO’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition at The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2018; Japan) and the Whitney Biennial 2010 (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA).

  • random memo random, 2017
  • © Aki Sasamoto
  • Courtesy of Take Ninagawa, Tokyo