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Yuko Mohri is an installation artist who reconfigures everyday items and machine parts collected in cities around the world into self-contained ‘ecosystems,’ channeling and conducting intangible energies in our environment. With an artistic background in new-media art, Mohri’s practice engages with circuits and connectivity. She states that: “I prefer gravity, magnetism, light, and wind to control my work.” Mohri positions forces such as gravity and electricity as otherworldly and unpredictable, and her installations insist on the powers of the non-human and the uncontrollable. A central motif within her work is a transfer of energy using the flow of natural forces, integrated with the concept of a circuit or loop to form a self-contained organic system. In her sound-based assemblages, Mohri’s approach has alluded to experimental artists Erik Satie, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, particularly though their relationship to ‘chance.’ Mohri brings contingency and improvisation into her installations, aiming to capture the appearance of the world and human essence through the eyes of new materialism.

Yuko Mohri was the recipient of the prestigious Nissan Art Award in 2015. Her recent solo exhibitions were held at Towada Art Center, Japan (2018), Camden Arts Centre, London (2018), The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (2018), White Rainbow, London (2017), Jane Lombard Gallery, New York (2016). Her work was exhibited in the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Russia (2019), the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Australia (2018), the 14th Biennale de Lyon, France (2017), Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2016), as well as group exhibitions at Hayward Gallery, London (2020), Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2019), Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, (2019), Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2018), Palais de Tokyo, France (2018), Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2017), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2016), Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan (2016).

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