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Atsuko Mochida

Country(activity based):
Germany/Japan
Genre:
Visual Art

Profile

Born in 1989, Tokyo. Graduated Japanese Painting course in Musashino Art University in 2013. Studied in Inter-media Art Course in Tokyo University of the Arts from 2014, Public Art and New Artistic Strategies in Bauhaus University Weimar from 2015. Recent participating group exhibitions: "IMAGINARY BAUHAUS MUSEUM" (2015, Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin, Germany) ,"Das Glücksprinzip" (2015, Former prison, Galerie Eigenheim ,Weimar, Germany). Took part in the project "Universe 69" which held fieldwork, workshop and exhibition in Armenia and Japan (2015, The Gallery of Mariam and Eranuhi Aslamazyan Sisters,Gyumri, Armenia / 2016, co-ume lab., Tokyo, Japan).

Stayed in Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin from October to December in 2016 and presented performance piece.

About works / performance

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Piercing the Prison 2015 / 9m diameter / steel ring
photo: Moran Shavit

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Piercing the Prison 2015 / 9m diameter / steel ring
photo: Moran Shavit

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dig that snow 2015 / 3m high, 11m long / snow, soft stone, wax

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dig that snow 2015 / 3m high, 11m long / snow, soft stone, wax

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Push the wall 2016 / 3.5m high, 4m long / wood

Comment

Atsuko Mochida’s work breaks with physical boundaries – it turns the space we perceive in daily situation into something threatening, compelling, into a new level of subconscious behavior. Invading both private and public space she is able to translate everyday feelings into physical objects and installations. Her work also refers to ones struggles to adapt to social and structural changes in contemporary life: the question of identity and role in today's world provoked through social and academic educational structures. Entering one of Mochida’s installations can evoke a feeling as if entering a dreamlike state or as if you took a sudden sidetrack while drifting through thoughts. Or to quote Haruki Murakami: Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart. -Stefan Klein. 2015
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