Yoko Inoue

Originally from Kyoto, Japan, Yoko Inoue explores cultural commoditization, assimilation and identity issues through installations, collaborative socially engaged projects and public intervention performance art. Often using traditional ceramic methods, her object making examines the economic factors, cultural values and socio-political implications behind products in the context of globalization. Her work experiences outside of the academic institutions and contemporary art venues are diverse, working in sectors which generally rely on immigrant labor, and teaching craft and food justice at non-profit social service organizations. Currently she is focusing on how craft knowledge and practice can be more effectively integrated into educational curriculum and used as a vital tool for sustaining resilient communities or building new social relationships. Her work also engages with agricultural free-trade debates, food justice and the relationship of local food with cultural heritage and human geography. Inoue’s work has been shown broadly in the USA and international venues. She is a recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship, The Joan Mitchell Grant, NYFA Fellowship, Lambent Fellowship, Franklin Furnace Performance Fund, Anonymous Was A Woman Award and others. Currently a faculty member of Visual Arts and Center for Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College and a member Humanity Across the Borders at IIAS at Leiden University, The Netherland. Lives and works in Brooklyn.