Aki Inomata (Japan) makes works in collaboration with other species; investigating the relationships between animals and human beings and the creations that emerge from them.

During her residency at Delfina Foundation, Aki will continue her series Thinking of Yesterday’s Sky, in which each day the previous day’s cloud patterns are ‘sculpted’ with a drinkable white liquid into a glass of water using a specially-developed 3D printer. In London, Aki intends to focus on the city’s sky as a motif.

Aki’s major works include Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?, an attempt to created 3D printed shells for hermit crabs, and I Wear the Dog’s Hair, and the Dog Wears My Hair, in which the artist and her dog wear capes made from each other’s hair. Her recent exhibitions include Broken Nature, MoMA (2021; New York, USA), AKI INOMATA: Significant Otherness, Towada Art Center (2019; Aomori, Japan), The XXII Triennale di Milano, La Triennale di Milano (2019; Italy), Thailand Biennale 2018 (Krabi), and Aki Inomata, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?, Musée d’arts de Nantes (2018; France). Her works are included in the collections of MoMA, Art Gallery of South Australia, and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

Aki Inomata is born (1983) and based in Tokyo, Japan.


Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons


Winter 2024




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