Aki Takeda

Aki Takeda, Japan (1976) began to study art, focusing on the fundamentals of painting and drawing. She came to Europe in 2002 and visited many places: Utrecht, Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp, Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Madrid, Barcelona, Venice and London because she wanted to see art. She found the Netherlands to be the most interesting for the artworks had a strangeness to them. She had not seen this freedom of expression in art before and it re-awoke her desire to study art.

She started to study at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2004. During her second study year at the Academy, she discovered that her expression must come through live performances using her body. For the last 5 years, Aki has been doing live performances and creating installations.

Aki’s work always circles around a particular theme, indicated by the word ┬┤life┬┤.
In her understanding, life is about the unconscious functioning of the body as the senses and instinctive body movements share a common denominator. They all come to a definite end.

For the graduation exhibition Aki will create an installation and live performance.

The installation will employ a single monitor that plays black and white images in a dark room. The live performance involves blowing into an inflatable, which will bind around a body. Through these works, she wishes for viewers to be aware of their own consciousness and unconsciousness.