Saeborg

Saeborg

update: 2022.1.12

Profile

Born in Toyama in 1981. Based in Tokyo.
Graduated with a BA in Department of Fine Arts from Joshibi University of the Arts and Design in 2006.

Recent exhibitions:
2020 Solo Exhibition “Cycle of L,” The Museum of Art, Kochi
2019 Solo Exhibition “SAEBORG: SLAUGHTERHOUSE 17,” Match Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2019 “Aichi Triennale 2019: Taming Y/Our Passion,” Aichi Prefectural Art Theatre
2017 “Twenty Year’s of the TARO Award/Twenty Enfants Terrible,” Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, Tokyo
2016 “Roppongi Art Night 2016,” Roppongi Hills A/D gallery, Tokyo 

Award:
2014 “The 17th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art,” Toshiko Award

About works / performance

Saeborg is an imperfect cyborg that is half human and half toy. In performances and exhibitions both in Japan and abroad, Saeborg creates latex bodysuits through which she can artificially transcend physical characteristics such as age and gender. In her performances, she employs colorful and deformed representations of insects and livestock, including female cattle and pigs. These performances at first seem bright and playful, but they touch on issues of human cruelty and animal consumption as well as social issues like nursing and care. Her work defies characterization by simple dichotomies of strong and weak or benefactor and beneficiary, facing head-on the issues of coexistence and acceptance of diversity.

“Cycle of L” performance at The Museum of Art, Kochi, 2020   Photo: Taisuke Tsurui

“Pigpen” performance at DARK MOFO 2019, Avalon Theatre, Hobart, Australia   Photo: DARK MOFO 2019

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