Tatsumi Orimoto has been at the forefront of contemporary art for more than 40 years. His international presence includes a show at the Venice Biennale. His works are full of unique ideas with the power to surprise. For instance in “Bread Man” from the 1990s, he attached baguettes to his body and travelled the world holding performances with local people he encountered along the way. In the late 1990s, he became known worldwide for his “Art Mama” series in which his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and for whom Orimoto is a caretaker, makes appearances.
Orimoto’s works are born out of spontaneous interactions with all kinds of people, from those he meets on travels around the world, to his mother, to the elderly and the hospitalized. Some of his performances also involve animals including pigs, alpacas and ducks. His ground-breakingly creative world turns communication with all forms of life into art.
Koki Tanaka is an artist with a diverse practice centered on reexamining everyday experiences and creating conditions for people to interact.
He uses deceptively simple scenarios that give rise to collective action, then documents and represents the resulting shared social experiences through video, photography, and installation. In conversation with the ideas of social sculpture and relational aesthetics, Tanaka’s work gives rise to questions about the very nature of participation, in art, politics, and society.
Tanaka was born in Tochigi, Japan in 1975 and he represented Japan at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 with a solo exhibition entitled abstract speaking—sharing uncertainty and collective act.