Aki Sasamoto, YSA Assistant Professor at 59th Venice Biennale

Aki Sasamoto is one of 5 Yale artists featured at the 59th Venice Biennale.

Sasamoto is a New York-based, Japanese artist who works in performance, sculpture, dance, and whatever more medium that takes to get her ideas across. Her works have been shown both in performing art and visual art venues in New York and abroad. Besides her own works, she has collaborated with musicians, choreographers, scientists and scholars, and she plays multiple roles of dancer, sculptor, or director.

Sasamoto’s performance/installation works revolve around gestures on nothing and everything.

Her installations are careful arrangements of sculpturally altered found objects, and the decisive gestures in her improvisational performances create feedback, responding to sound, objects, and moving bodies. The constructed stories seem personal at first, yet oddly open to variant degrees of access, relation, and reflection.

Read more about Sasamoto and see some of her recent work at her website

The 59th exhibition of the Venice Biennale opens April 23rd. On April 21st, the Yale Alumni Art League and the Yale School of Art will hold a reception and talk in celebration of alumni and faculty featured in the exhibition. Register here. 

For a full list of artists at the exhibition, visit here.