Aki Sasamoto is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Yokohama, Japan. Her works have been shown both in performing art and visual art venues in New York and abroad. Sasamoto is known for making multimedia sculptural environments in which she stages live performances. Her installations are careful arrangements of sculpturally altered found objects, and the decisive gestures in her improvisational performances create feedback, responding to sound, objects, and moving bodies. Sasamoto’s works have been presented in Centripetal Run, Chocolate Factory Theater, NY (2012); Gwangju Biennial 2012, Roundtable, Gwangju, South Korea (2012); and Whitney Biennial: 2010, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2010).
Sasamoto’s awards and residencies include Grants for Overseas Study by Young Artists, the Pola Art Foundation (2013–2014); Oscar Willliams and Gene Derwood Award, The New York Community Trust (2012); Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japanese Government (2011–2012); Visual Art Grant Award, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2007); and Toby Fund Award (2007). She received her I.B. from United World College of the Atlantic, B.A. from Wesleyan University, and M.F.A. from Columbia University.