Naoko Takahashi

Born (1973) in Japan. She lives and works in the United Kingdom. She studied fine art media at the Chelsea College of Art & Design, UCL, London, and at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London. TakaHashi’s wide-ranging practice, performative in its origin, incorporates installations, books, films, drawings and sculpture sometimes in collaboration with other artists and musicians. Recent solo exhibitions: An Exploration of Perforated Space in Four Segments of Words, IMT Gallery (London, 2010); No Soul for Sale (performance presented by L’appartement 22),Tate Modern (London, 2010); A Tale of Two States, Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art (Jerusalem, 2009). Recent group exhibitions: 3rd AiM International Biennale (Marrakech, Morocco, 2009); Known Unknowns at Volatile Dispersal: Festival of Art of Writing, Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2009); Geo-Graphics, BOZAR (Brussels, 2010); OTHERS - La biennale d'arte di Marrakech Istanbul Atene a Palermo e Catania, Riso, Museum of Contemporary Art in Sicily (Palermo, Italy, 2010); Sentences on the banks and other activities, Daral Al Funun (Amman, Jordan, 2010); Gone With the Wind, Resonance Open, Raven Row (London, 2011); Again, A Time Machine at Spike Island (Bristol, 2011).

 

TakaHashi frequently incorporates different media into her work–media representative of her interest in the tensions of communication through language–and often plays with the scale of the work, evoking the personal and the intimate within the vast complexity of society. She explores processes of continual translation and transformation, from thought to voice, between one language and another, from text to sound, and from one media to the next. TakaHashi has produced a site-specific commissioned work for the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. In this work she explores the sometimes-spontaneous nature of site-specific art and how it can respond to local conditions and contexts.

Using local tree branches and causing their transformation from one condition to another, she represents a movement from a past to a future, a movement which resonates with the contemporary economic challenges of the region, and links in with themes of regeneration, reversal, solidarity, and resilience.

 

Photos

Our Gilded World in Progress, 2011, site specific installation with sound, courtesy of the artist,Commissioned by the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
Our Gilded World in Progress, 2011, site specific installation with sound, courtesy of the artist,Commissioned by the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
Our Gilded World in Progress, 2011, site specific installation with sound, courtesy of the artist,Commissioned by the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
Our Gilded World in Progress, 2011, site specific installation with sound, courtesy of the artist,Commissioned by the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
Our Gilded World in Progress, 2011, site specific installation with sound, courtesy of the artist,Commissioned by the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 Biennale de Lyon