Aki Inomata “Memory of Currency”

Maho Kubota Gallery

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[Image: Aki Inomata from the series "Memory of Currency" 2018- (on going) ©︎AKI INOMATA / MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY]

Ends in 16 days

Contemporary artist Aki Inomata is known for her creative collaborations with animals. One of the characteristics of Inomata’s art is how it reveals the plasticity of our world by reinterpreting relationships between people and non-human species and transformations in living organisms over history.

The project “Memory of Currency,” which Inomata has been working on in the last few years, and which is also the name of this exhibition, is an attempt to create money fossils—links between modern currencies and seashells, which were used as currency before modern times. Inomata inserts a small nucleus—a foreign body—into a pearl oyster’s shell. Each nucleus is modeled on the portrait of a person used as a symbol on national currency, such as George Washington, Queen Elizabeth, or Yukichi Fukuzawa. Inside the shell, the oyster covers the portrait with nacre, creating a pearl in the shape of the individual. This exhibition presents nacre-covered portraits that the oysters produced, along with videos and photographs.



from April 13, 2021 to May 22, 2021


Aki Inomata



Venue Hours

From 12:00 To 19:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays, Holidays


Address: 1F, 2-4-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Phone: 03-6434-7716

6 minute walk from exit 2 at Gaienmae Station on the Ginza line, 11 minute walk from exit A2 at Omotesando Station on the Ginza, Hanzomon and Chiyoda lines.

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