Photo: Kenshu Shintsubo.
Born in Tokyo in 1983; lives and works in Tokyo.
Through working “in collaboration with” nature and animals such as hermit crabs, bagworms and dogs, Inomata’s projects examine various boundaries within society, such as those between human and non-human, and between nature and artifice. In her most famous work, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? (2009-16), she used a 3D printer to create new shells that featured Manhattan and other world cityscapes, and observed hermit crabs moving into them. Her key solo exhibitions include “Emergencies! 025 AKI INOMATA/Inter-Nature Communication” (2015), which was held at ICC. At KENPOKU ART 2016, she will be carrying out Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? in a location near the sea, teaming up with a live hermit crab.