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Tabaimo in "Boundaries"

Artist Tabaimo, Japan’s representative to the 2011 Venice Biennale, draws inspiration from traditional and contemporary Japanese culture as she creates immersive, surreal, and sometimes humorous—or disturbing—video installations.

In her video public conVENience (2006) she explores the uncomfortable boundaries—or lack thereof—between public and private space in the Internet age.

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Tabaimo

Tabaimo’s drawings and video installations probe the unsettling themes of isolation, contagion, and instability that seem to lurk beneath daily existence in contemporary Japan. She draws aesthetic inspiration for her animated videos from a combination of Japanese art forms, while she often sets her layered, surrealistic narratives in domestic interiors and communal spaces. Tabaimo populates her work with uncanny characters that, either through mutation or as victims of inexplicable violence, become fragmented in their relationships to the environment and their own identity. Installed in theatrical, stage-like settings, her work is attuned to the architecture and the viewers within it.

Think about all of the information we encounter every day. What do we take in and what do we tune out? What structures and systems do we create to help us understand the world we live in?

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