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Shimabuku Biography

Born in Kobe, Japan 1969

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Lives in Naha, Japan

From the beginning of the 1990s, Shimabuku has travelled to various places in Japan and overseas, creating installations and performance that consider the daily lives and cultures of people he encounters, as well as new forms of communication. He also works in a diverse range of media including sculpture, film and photography. Full of poetic sentiment and humor while also inspiring people in metaphorical ways.

Shimabuku has participated in group shows at Centre Pompidou in Paris and Hayward Gallery in London, and in numerous international exhibitions including Venice Biennale (2003, 2017), the São Paulo Biennial (2006), Havana Biennal (2015) and Lyon Biennale (2017).His work is, amongst others, in the collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Kunsthalle Bern, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and The National Museum of Art in Osaka.

Text courtesy Barbara Wien.

Shimabuku Featured Artworks

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Untitled (New York) by Shimabuku contemporary artwork photography, print
ShimabukuUntitled (New York), 2000Type C print (Analogue Photo Print from Film)
70 x 103 cm
Barbara Wien Contact Gallery
A Great Day by Shimabuku contemporary artwork sculpture, print, installation, mixed media, moving image
ShimabukuA Great Day, 2011Installation with various Soviet time objects, 1 video (Mini-DV transferred to digital data, 3 min., colour, sound) & 1 text
Barbara Wien Contact Gallery
Leaves swim (SHI/F 011) by Shimabuku contemporary artwork photography, print
ShimabukuLeaves swim (SHI/F 011), 2011/2014Analogue c-print
40 x 60 cm
Barbara Wien Contact Gallery
Leaves swim (SHI/F 010) by Shimabuku contemporary artwork photography, print
ShimabukuLeaves swim (SHI/F 010), 2011/2014Analogue c-print
40 x 60 cm
Barbara Wien Contact Gallery
Leaves swim (SHI/F 009) by Shimabuku contemporary artwork photography, print
ShimabukuLeaves swim (SHI/F 009), 2011/2014Analogue C-print
62.5 x 42 cm
Barbara Wien Contact Gallery
Leaves swim (SHI/F 008) by Shimabuku contemporary artwork photography, print
ShimabukuLeaves swim (SHI/F 008), 2011/2014Analogue c-print
46.5 x 69.5 cm
Barbara Wien Contact Gallery
Sculpture for Octopuses: Exploring for Their Favorite Colors by Shimabuku contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
ShimabukuSculpture for Octopuses: Exploring for Their Favorite Colors, 201012 glass balls, drawing and photo, pedestal, acrylic cover, text on card
97 x 80 x 55 cm
Barbara Wien Contact Gallery
When square becomes circle by Shimabuku contemporary artwork photography
ShimabukuWhen square becomes circle, 2011Analogue C-print
70 x 105 cm
Barbara Wien Contact Gallery

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