Saeborg
House of L

  • Pigpen movie,
  • Photo: Takeo Hibino

Saeborg creates latex body suits as extensions of her own skin, deploying them in performances. Motivated by her strong desire to transcend fixed identities (such as gender), and even the human body itself, she dons toy-like sow or insect bodysuits, creating worlds inhabited by livestock cheerfully living at the bottom of the food chain.

At Aichi Triennale 2019, Saeborg will create her first theatrical installation—a living room inhabited by creepy-cute livestock characters. What will it be like for us, humans invited into a space of dollhouse-like innocence, to spend time with these strange animals?

Dates
Sat, Aug 31 & Sun, Sep 1, 12:00~18:00
Tue, Sep 3, - Fri, Sep 6, 18:00~21:00
Sat, Sep 7, &Sun, Sep 8, 12:00~18:00
* Closed on Mon, Sep 2
Estimated viewing time
30 min or longer
Venue
Large Rehearsal Room, Aichi Prefectural Art Theater
Access
3 min. on foot from Sakae station (Higashiyama line or Meijo line)
Ticket prices
Adults ¥1,500
U25 ¥1,000
U18 ¥500
Note
Children below school age are admitted free.
Free admission on the day of visit.
Entrance restrictions will apply if the venue reaches capacity.

Saeborg

  • Born 1981 in Toyama, Japan
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan
  • Photo: ZIGEN

Saeborg creates latex body suits as extensions of her own skin, deploying them in performances. Motivated by her strong desire to transcend fixed identities (such as gender) and even the human body itself, she dons bodysuits that caricature sows or insects as toy-like figures, creating playful dystopias composed of the ecosystem’s basest creatures. The lives of livestock—their procreative activity, the delivery of their offspring—are strictly managed, and then they’re sent off to the slaughterhouse. In Saeborg’s work, this world is portrayed with an innocent cheerfulness, resulting in a sense of irony. All of her pieces to present have been shown in international exhibitions and museums in both Japan and abroad, following premieres at the Tokyo fetish party Department-H.

Selected Works & Awards

2018
6th Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece
2018
TAG: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
2016
Roppongi Art Night 2016, Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014
The 17th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan, Toshiko Okamoto Award