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About the Artist

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.

Although his artworks take many different forms, they are unified by his wry humor and subtle irony Tanaka was born in Tochigi, Japan in 1975 and currently lives and works in Kyoto, where he recently relocated from Los Angeles. He was educated in Japan and Austria and has participated in artist residencies in New York, Bern, and Rome. His work has been exhibited widely, including at the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Yokohama Triennial, the Gwangju Biennial, the Asia Society Museum (New York), and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco). He represented Japan at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 with a solo exhibition entitled abstract speaking—sharing uncertainty and collective act.

In the words of the artist, “We expect collaboration to succeed since working together is a positive methodology, but it fails a lot of the time. However, we learn more from failure, don’t we?”