Mari Katayama片山真理

curated by Simon Baker

in the water, 2019 © Mari Katayama Courtesy of rin art association

25 days in tatsumachi studio / 鈴木薬局 眼鏡部 Suzuki Pharmacy Optometry #002, 2015 © Mari Katayama Courtesy of rin art association

bystander #016, 2016 © Mari Katayama Courtesy of rin art association

Born in Saitama in 1987 and raised in Gunma, Japan. Graduated Tokyo University of the Arts after obtaining MFA in 2012. Suffering from congenital tibial hemimelia, Katayama had both legs amputated at age of 9. Since then, she has created numerous self-portrait photography together with embroidered objects and decorated prosthesis, using her own body as a living sculpture. Her belief is that tracing herself connects with other people and her everyday life can be also connected with the society and the world, just like the patchwork made with threads and a needle by stitching borders. In addition to her art creation, Katayama leads “High heel project” in which she wore customized high-heeled shoes specially made for prosthesis to perform on stage as a singer, model, or keynote speaker.

Awarded Encouragement Prize, Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2005. In addition to numerous solo shows, she has participated in the Aichi Biennale 2013, Roppongi Crossing 2016, Venice Biennale 2019 and many other group exhibitions both in Japan and abroad.

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