Ei Arakawa

Born 1977, Fukushima, Japan | Lives and works in New York, New York

Ei Arakawa and Henning Bohl, installation view of Helena and Miwako, 2013, video; color, sound; and built structure; Courtesy of Ei Arakawa © Ei Arakawa and Henning Bohl. Commissioned by Carnegie Museum of Art for the 2013 Carnegie International. Supported by The George Foundation and The Japan Foundation, New York; Photo: Greenhouse Media


Ei Arakawa has developed an extensive and international performance practice involving friends, random passersby, and other artists. His performances inject unexpected situations into existing structures, opening both of them to new meaning. Arakawa studied at the School of Visual Arts (New York), Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson), and completed the Whitney Independent Study Program (New York). In 2009, he received an Artists’ Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and he has completed residencies at the Tokyo Wonder Site (Institute of Contemporary Arts and International Cultural Exchange, Tokyo, 2011) as well as the DAAD Artist-in-Residence Program (Berlin, 2009). Arakawa’s work has been featured at many institutions internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2012), Tate Modern (London, 2012), Galerie Neu (Berlin, 2010), and the Sculpture Center (New York, 2009).

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More about the artist

The Tanks: Ei Arakawa (Tate Modern, August 2012)
Portrait: Ei Arakawa (Daniel Baumann, Spike Art Quarterly, August 2010)
Ei Arakawa, Gela Patashuri, and Sergei Tcherepnin: Shindisi Autocenter (New Jerseyy, September 2009)