Koki Tanaka

Japan Cultural Envoy FY2018
Koki Tanaka
Artist
  • Worked in The United States, Brazil, Uruguay and Switzerland (tentative)
  • Active Period:From middle of July, 2018 to middle of March, 2019 (tentative)
  • Birthplace:Mashikomachi, Hagagun, Tochigi Prefecture
  • Birth:December 6, 1975
  • Academic background:Graduated from the Department of Fine Arts (Painting Major), Tokyo Zokei University; Completed the master's degree program at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts

In his diverse art practice spanning video, photography, site-specific installation, and interventional projects, Koki Tanaka visualizes and reveals the multiple contexts latent in the most simple of everyday acts. In his recent projects he documents the behavior unconsciously exhibited by people confronting unusual situations, e.g. a haircut given by nine hair stylists or a piano played by five pianists simultaneously, in an attempt to show an alternative side to things that we usually overlook in everyday living.
He has shown widely: the Kunsthaus (Graz), the Kunsthaus (Zurich), the Hammer Museum(Los Angeles), VanAbbe Museum (Eindhoven), the ICA (London), the Mori Art Museum(Tokyo), Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, 57th Venice Biennale 2017, the Liverpool Biennial 2016, the 55th Venice Biennale 2013, Yokohama Triennial 2011, the Gwangju Biennial 2008, the Taipei Biennial 2006 (Taipei). He received a special mention as national participation at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013, and Deutsche bank artist of the year 2015 award.

[Website] http://www.kktnk.com/ (in English)

Photo by Motoyuki Daifu