Born in Tokyo in 1983, AKI INOMATA graduated with an MFA in Inter Media Art from Tokyo University of the Arts. Lives and works in Tokyo.
AKI INOMATA’s work includes many collaborations with animals. Her Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? series, in which she gives hermit crabs shells made with a 3D printer, brings to mind migrants, refugees, and their ability to swap nationalities. For I Wear the Dog’s Hair, and the Dog Wears My Hair, she makes herself a cape out of her dog’s hair and a smaller cape out of her own hair. Wearing the dog hair cape, the artist has the dog wear the cape made from her hair so that they are wearing each other’s coats.
Her recent exhibitions include “Thailand Biennale 2018” Krabi, Thailand (2018), “Scopitone Festival” Nantes Art Museum, France (2018), “ECO EXPANDED CITY 2016” WRO Art Center, Poland, Wroclaw (2016), “Emergencies! 025 : Inter-Nature Communication AKI INOMATA ” NTT InterCommunication Center[ICC], Tokyo (2015), “Digital Choc 2015” institut francais du Japon-Tokyo (2015).
She received the Grand Prize at the YouFab Global Creative Awards 2014 from Loftwork Inc.