Future ElementsAKI INOMATA Works
March 29, 2024 - August 12, 2024


Aki Inomata produces works through an involvement with living beings and natural things. For this exhibition, she is showing video works and works made with letterpress printing.
Inomata showed a work titled French Lessons with a Parakeet in 2010. This is a documentary about her six months of learning French while taking Wasabiccho, her ring-necked parakeet, along to the classes. She started out with the idea that a parakeet would have no concept of a mother tongue or foreign language. In the course of her studies of French, the parakeet came up with the coinage Wasabi vous plaît by combining his name with the expression s’il vous plaît. During her production of video works that had a certain test dimension, she made a letterpress print of this coinage crossing the borders of language on paper of a yellowish green color resembling that of Wasabiccho, and put it in a frame. By transferring words, which have no tangible form, to printed matter with a material texture, she creates the sensation that they have a concrete existence in the real world.

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French lessons with a Parakeet


Artist. Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1983, lives and works in Tokyo.
M.F.A., Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Inter-Media Art, 2008.
Focusing on the act of “making” is not exclusive to human beings, Inomata creates art works with various species “collaboratively.” She investigates relationships between animals and human beings and the creation emerging from them.
Her major works include Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?, an attempt she created 3d printed shells for hermit crabs and handed it over to them, and I Wear the Dog’s Hair, and the Dog Wears My Hair, in which the artist and her dog wear capes made from each other’s respective hair.
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).
Her works are included in the collections of MoMA, Art Gallery of South Australia, and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

website: https://www.aki-inomata.com/
instagram: https://www.instagram.com/akiinomata/