KATO Tsubasa

  • Born 1984 in Saitama, Japan
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan

Kato Tsubasa is known for Pull and Raise, an ongoing project in which he works together with local communities, both in Japan and abroad, to raise up simple large-scale wooden structures using ropes. These structures reflect the hardships each community has faced, from natural disasters and urban development to resource extraction. He has shown new developments in his recent works, which include a piece in which struggling, rope-bound musicians perform the national anthem of the United States. While all of his collaborations, which are fraught with physicality, are implemented as one-time-only performances, Kato films the projects from multiple angles and makes them into video pieces. By re-presenting in video the participants’ solidarity and sense of accomplishment, he evokes the fragility and ephemerality of temporary communities, as well as the ambiguous flows of communication, such as its tensions and its releases.

Selected Works

Catastrophe and the Power of Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Reenacting_history Collective Actions and Everyday Gestures, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea
Uprisings, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
Spider’s Thread – Spinning images of Japanese beauty, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
Time of Others, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
  • Woodstock 2017, 2017
  • Courtesy of MUJIN-TO Production