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TABAIMO
Flow-wer 12 
2014
Ink, beeswax crayon, color pencil and pencil on Japanese paper
22 15/16 x 13 9/16 in.
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TABAIMO
Flow-wer 10
2014
ink, beeswax crayon, color pencil and pencil on Japanese paper
17 5/8 x 13 3/4 in.
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TABAIMO
Flow-wer 08
2014
Ink, beeswax crayon, color pencil and pencil on Japanese paper
16 11/16 x 13 7/16 in.
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TABAIMO
Aitaisei-josei
2015
Single channel video installation with sculptural elements
6 min 35 sec

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TABAIMO
Aitaisei-josei
2015
Single channel video installation with sculptural elements
6 min 35 sec

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TABAIMO
Aitaisei-josei
2015
Single channel video installation with sculptural elements
6 min 35 sec

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TABAIMO
Aitaisei-josei
2015
Single channel video installation with sculptural elements
6 min 35 sec

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TABAIMO
TOZEN
2014
video installation
5:10 minutes loop
Installation view, Tabaimo: MEKURUMEKURU, MCA, 2014
Commissioned by the Museum Contemporary Art Australia
Photo: Alex Davie
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TABAIMO
TOZEN
2014
video installation
5:10 minutes loop
Installation view, Tabaimo: MEKURUMEKURU, MCA, 2014
Commissioned by the Museum Contemporary Art Australia
Photo: Alex Davie
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TABAIMO
TOZEN
2014
video installation
5:10 minutes loop
Installation view, Tabaimo: MEKURUMEKURU, MCA, 2014
Commissioned by the Museum Contemporary Art Australia
Photo: Alex Davie
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TABAIMO
TOZEN
2014
Video installation
5:10 minutes loop
Installation view, Tabaimo: MEKURUMEKURU, MCA, 2014
Commissioned by the Museum Contemporary Art Australia
Photo: Alex Davie
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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
© 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 
© 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
© 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
© 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
© 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  
© 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
© 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 in.
Edition of 3

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TABAIMO 
Hanabi-ra
2002
Single channel video animation
4' 24"
Edition of 8

Artist BioDownload Bio English PDF
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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 San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (2016); the Museum of Contemporary Art, 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
The Japan Times
The Future Looks Bright for Artists in the Ancient Capital
Articles / Reviews
The Seattle Times
'Of tortoises and haunted mirrors: Tabaimo at SAAM," by Michael Upchurch
Articles / Reviews
The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
“‘Tabaimo: Her Room’ Opens Tomorrow at the San Jose Museum of Art,”
Articles / Reviews
Sydney Morning Herald
"Japanese artist taps into fears," by John McDonald
Articles / Reviews
Art Asia Pacific
"Tabaimo: Mekurumeku, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney"
Articles / Reviews
Artinfo
"Japanese Artist Tabaimo’s “Mekurumeku” Moment at Sydney’s MCA," by Nicholas Forrest
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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Gallery Exhibition
Hammer Projects: Tabaimo
August 12 - December 3, 2017
Los Angeles, California
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Museum Exhibition
UTSUTSUSHI UTSUSHI
November 11, 2016 - February 26, 2017
Seattle, Washington
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Museum Exhibition
Tabaimo: Her Room
February 6 - August 21, 2016
San Jose, California
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Project
June 12 - Sept 20, 2015
Arles, France
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
April 25 - August 30, 2015
Kanazawa, Japan
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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
image Tabaimo: Emerge As
Publication
Tabaimo: Emerge As
image Tabaimo: Boundary Layer
Publication
Tabaimo: Boundary Layer
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Publication
Tabaimo: Danmen
image Tabaimo
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