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“A lurking, gnawing sense of dread, a fear that all is not well with the world persists throughout Tabaimo’s work.  Be it a cook using human ingredients, a turtle being flushed down a toilet or nerves running between the floors of a dollhouse, the imagery that makes up the artist’s animated videos is at once nightmarish and alluring,” says Ashley Rawlings in ArtAsiaPacific magazine.  Using drawings and coloration that evoke the hand-made nature of traditional Japanese woodblock prints (Ukiyo-e) and combining them with sophisticated computer technology, Tabaimo’s animated installations offer a surreal, complex and sometimes disturbing vision of contemporary Japanese society.

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Museum Exhibition
Tabaimo at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
Solo Exhibition
Jul 3 - Sep 7, 2014
Sydney, Australia
image Tabaimo with Hiroshi Sugimoto's Bunraku Puppet Theater
News / Events
Tabaimo with Hiroshi Sugimoto's Bunraku Puppet Theater
Performance
September - October 2013
Various Locations
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Gallery Exhibition
Tabaimo
DANDAN
September 15 - October 29, 2011
New York
image Tabaimo at the 54th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia
Museum Exhibition
Tabaimo at the 54th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia
Japanese Pavilion
June 1 - Nov 24, 2011
Venice, Italy
ArtworksThumbnails
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TABAIMO "teleco-soup", 2011 Installation view at 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (c) Tabaimo / Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi and James Cohan Gallery Photo: Ufer! Art Documentary
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TABAIMO "teleco-soup", 2011 Installation view at 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (c) Tabaimo / Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi and James Cohan Gallery Photo: Ufer! Art Documentary
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TABAIMO "teleco-soup", 2011 Installation view at 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (c) Tabaimo / Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi and James Cohan Gallery Photo: Ufer! Art Documentary
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TABAIMO "teleco-soup", 2011 Installation view at 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (c) Tabaimo / Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi and James Cohan Gallery Photo: Ufer! Art Documentary
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TABAIMO "teleco-soup", 2011 Installation view at 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (c) Tabaimo / Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi and James Cohan Gallery Photo: Ufer! Art Documentary
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TABAIMO "teleco-soup", 2011 Installation view at 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (c) Tabaimo / Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi and James Cohan Gallery Photo: Ufer! Art Documentary
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TABAIMO "teleco-soup", 2011 Installation view at 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia Photo: Ufer! Art Documentary
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TABAIMO "teleco-soup", 2011 Installation view at 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (c) Tabaimo / Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi and James Cohan Gallery Photo: Ufer! Art Documentary
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TABAIMO "teleco-soup", 2011 Installation view at 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (c) Tabaimo / Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi and James Cohan Gallery Photo: Ufer! Art Documentary
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TABAIMO “teleco-soup” still image 2011 video installation(5’27” loop) © Tabaimo / Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi and James Cohan Gallery
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TABAIMO “teleco-soup” still image 2011 video installation(5’27” loop) © Tabaimo / Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi and James Cohan Gallery
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TABAIMO “teleco-soup” still image 2011 video installation(5’27” loop) © Tabaimo / Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi and James Cohan Gallery
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TABAIMO danDAN, 2009 Video Installation, still image, (4',31" loop) Edition of 5
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TABAIMO danDAN, 2009 Video Installation, still image, (4',31" loop) Edition of 5
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TABAIMO danDAN, 2009 Video Installation, still image, (4',31" loop) Edition of 5
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TABAIMO BLOW, 2009 Video Installation, still image, (3', 42" loop) Edition of 3
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TABAIMO BLOW, 2009 Video Installation still image, (3', 42" loop) Edition of 3
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TABAIMO yudangami, 2009 Video Installation, (4'13" loop)
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TABAIMO yudangami, 2009 Video Installation, (4'13" loop)
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TABAIMO yudangami, 2009 Video Installation, (4'13" loop)
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TABAIMO dolefullhouse, 2007 Single channel video installation, (6' 21" loop)
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TABAIMO dolefullhouse, 2007 Single channel video installation, (6' 21" loop) Installed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Photographer: Jason Wierzbicki, courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
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TABAIMO dolefullhouse, 2007 Single channel video installation, (6' 21" loop) Installed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Photographer: Jason Wierzbicki, courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
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TABAIMO public conVENience,2006 video installation dimensions variable, (6' 5" loop) Installed at James Cohan Gallery, New York Photo: Jason Mandella
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TABAIMO public conVENience,2006 video installation dimensions variable, (6' 5" loop) Installed at James Cohan Gallery, New York Photo: Jason Mandella
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TABAIMO public conVENience,2006 video still from installation dimensions variable, (6' 5" loop)
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TABAIMO public conVENience,2006 video still from installation dimensions variable, (6' 5" loop)
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TABAIMO guignorama, 2006 Video installation, (2' 36" loop)
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TABAIMO guignorama, 2006 Video installation, (2' 36" loop)
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TABAIMO guignorama (installation view), 2006 Video installation, (2' 36" loop) Photo: Hirotaka Yonekura
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TABAIMO haunted house, 2003 Video installation Approx. 4 min Filmed by Ufer! Art Documentary
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TABAIMO haunted house, 2003 Video installation Approx. 4 min Filmed by Ufer! Art Documentary
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TABAIMO haunted house, 2003 Video installation Approx. 4 min Filmed by Ufer! Art Documentary
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TABAIMO Japanese Bathhouse, 2000 3 Channel video installation with sound 177 X 377 X 205 inches Edition of 3
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TABAIMO hanabi-ra, 2002 Single channel video animation, (4' 24") Edition of 8
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Tabaimo, Japanese Bathhouse - Gents, 2000

“A lurking, gnawing sense of dread, a fear that all is not well with the world persists throughout Tabaimo’s work.  Be it a cook using human ingredients, a turtle being flushed down a toilet or nerves running between the floors of a dollhouse, the imagery that makes up the artist’s animated videos is at once nightmarish and alluring,” says Ashley Rawlings in ArtAsiaPacific magazine.  Using drawings and coloration that evoke the hand-made nature of traditional Japanese woodblock prints (Ukiyo-e) and combining them with sophisticated computer technology, Tabaimo’s animated installations offer a surreal, complex and sometimes disturbing vision of contemporary Japanese society.

 

In 2011, Tabaimo represented Japan at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia with a work titled teleco-soup.  A completely immersive environment, the installation played with the idea of an "inverted" soup, or the inversion of relations between water and sky, fluid and container, self and world. Coined by the artist, this phrase builds upon an intellectual tradition in Japan that grapples with the country's identity as an island state, or what in recent years has come to be known as the "Galapagos Syndrome," originally used to describe the incompatibility between Japanese technology and international markets but now applicable to multiple facets of Japanese society in the age of globalization.

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Tabaimo, BLOW, 2009

Tabaimo (born 1975, Hyogo, Japan), represented Japan at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2011) and has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Australia, Sydney (2014); Tabaimo: Boundary Layer, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London (2010); TABAIMO: Danmen, Yokahama Museum of Art, Tokyo (traveled to the National Museum of Art, Osaka) (2009-10); Tabaimo, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2009); Tabaimo, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (2006); YOROYORON: Tabaimo, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2006).  International group exhibitions include: the Yokohama Triennale (2001); the Sao Paolo Biennale (2002); the 15th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006); and the 52nd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2007).  Interdisciplinary collaboration is also a major part of Tabaimo’s artistic endeavor; she has provided the visual elements to performances with Ohad Naharin’s  Batsheva Dance Company, choreographer Maki Morishita, architect Yuko Nagayama, and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. Her work can be found in the collections of the National Museum of Art, Osaka; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; MUSAC, Spain; Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Asia Society Museum, New York, NY and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.  Tabaimo lives and works in Karuizawa, Japan.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Tabaimo
DANDAN
September 15 - October 29, 2011
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Tabaimo
March 14 - April 12, 2008
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Tabaimo
Video Installations: Japanese Bathhouse-Gents and hanabi-ra
March 04 - April 02, 2005
New York
Press / MediaVideos
Articles / Reviews
Art21 - Art in the Twenty-First Century
Season 6 "Boundaries"
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
"Cutting Through Cute To The Real Japan," by Carol Kino, October 16, 2011
Articles / Reviews
Art Asia Pacific
“All That Creeps Below the Surface: Tabaimo,” by Ashley Rawlings
Articles / Reviews
Moderna Museet Stockholm
Interview with Tabaimo
Articles / Reviews
New York Times
"Tabaimo," by Roberta Smith
Articles / Reviews
New York Sun
"Storytelling, Stall by Stall," by John Goodrich
Articles / Reviews
Art Review
"Tabaimo: Reality Bites," by Skye Sherwin
Articles / Reviews
Tema Celeste
"Tabaimo," by Akiko Miki
News
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
Jul 3 - Sep 7, 2014
Sydney, Australia
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News / Events
Performance
September - October 2013
Various Locations
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News / Events
Collaborative Installation
Jul 24 - Aug 22, 2013
Uwajima, Japan
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News / Events
Performance
November 2012
Tokyo, Japan
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Museum Exhibition
Japanese Pavilion
June 1 - Nov 24, 2011
Venice, Italy
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News / Events
"boundary layer"
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News / Events
"emerge as"
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News / Events
DANMEN
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News / Events
National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts
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News / Events
curated by Robert Storr
June - November 2007
Venice, Italy
Books
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Publication
Tabaimo: Emerge As
image Tabaimo: Boundary Layer
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Tabaimo: Boundary Layer
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Tabaimo: Danmen
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Publication
Tabaimo
Editions
image TABAIMO: hand knit
Edition
TABAIMO: hand knit
Ink on pig skin
image TABAIMO: Sutra and a Child's Leg
Edition
TABAIMO: Sutra and a Child's Leg
Lithograph
image TABAIMO: Raise Your Flags and Walk Along the Pedestrian Crossing
Edition
TABAIMO: Raise Your Flags and Walk Along the Pedestrian Crossing
Lithograph