Yoko Inoue is a multidisciplinary artist whose working methodology includes sculpture, installation, collaborative socially engaged art projects, and public intervention performance art. Originally from Kyoto, Japan, Inoue explores themes of assimilation and cultural identity. Through academic research, on-site fieldwork and performance works in the context of the intricate dynamics of commerce, she approaches the issues of cultural merging in the global economy. Inoue investigates the causes of the commoditization of cultural values and effects of globalization on traditional heritage and social codes from an anthropological viewpoint.
Inoue is a recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship, Anonymous Was A Woman Award, The Joan Mitchel Foundation Painters & Sculptures Grant, NYFA Fellowship, Lambent Fellowship, Franklin Furnace Performance Art Fund. She received grants from Jerome Foundation, LMCC (GAPS Grant for Arts in Public Spaces / 9-11 Fund), Mairie de Paris, and has participated in the international residency programs at Civitella Ranieri, Italy; .ekwc, The Netherlands; Instituto Sacatar, Bahia, Brazil; LMCC Paris Residency; Santa Fe Art Institute Food Justice Residency, New Mexico; LMCC Workspace, Smack Mellon Artist Studio, Brooklyn; Skowhegan, Maine.
She has exhibited throughout the U.S. at institutions and galleries such as Brooklyn Museum; Rubin Museum, SculptureCenter, Momenta Art, Smack Mellon, The Bronx Museum, Pierogi-The Boiler, Art in General in New York and Krannet Art Museum, Illinois; UCLA; Yerba Buena, San Francisco; Des Moines Art Center, Iowa. International venues include Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC, Canada and MeetFactory, Praha, Czech Republic. Her work was featured in reviews in The New York Times, Art in America, ArtAsiaPacific, Time Out, The New Yorker, Village Voice, Sculpture Magazine, The Bomb magazine and The Japan Times.
MFA, Hunter College of the City University of New York. Faculty of Visual Arts, Bennington College, VT