Graduated Tokyo University of the Arts after obtaining MFA in 2012.
Suffering from congenital tibial hemimelia, Katayama had both legs amputated at age of 9. Since then, she has created numerous self-portrait photography together with embroidered objects and decorated prosthesis, using her own body as a living sculpture. Her belief is that tracing herself connects with other people and her everyday life can be also connected with the society and the world, just like the patchwork made with threads and a needle by stitching borders.
In addition to her art creation, Katayama leads “High heel project” in which she wore customized high-heeled shoes specially made for prosthesis to perform on stage as a singer, model, or keynote speaker. The motto of this project is to take advantage of any means including art and disabled body if it helps to expand the “freedom of choice” for those in desperate need.

Mari Katayama
Mari Katayama
Gunma, 1987

Solo Shows

“19872017”, Gallery Gateaux Festa Harada, Gunma
“On the Way Home”, the Museum of Modern Art, Gunma

“Self-portrait and object”, Renaiss Hall, Okayama
“Artist in Rokku vol.3 Mari Katayama / bystander”, Miyaura Gallery Rokku, Naoshima (in conjunction with the Setouchi Triennale 2016)
“Shadow Puppet – 3331 ART FAIR recommended artists”, 3331 gallery, Tokyo

“25 days in tatsumachi studio”, Robson Coffee (Arts Maebashi), Gunma

“you’re mine”, Traumaris | Space, Tokyo
“Mari Katayama solo exhibition”, Kitchen Gallery, Paris

“Mari Katayama solo exhibition”, Gallery J, Gunma

“Mari Katayama solo exhibition”, Slow Time, Gunma

Group Shows

“Unexpected Encounters”,in the city center of Maebashi, Gunma, Japan
“Body Politics: What Defines the Body?”,KANA KAWANISHI PHOTOGRAPHY, Tokyo , Japan
“How Many Miles to Babylon?”,MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, N.Y

“Photographs of innocence and of experience Contemporary Japanese Photography vol. 14”, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
“Signal flare for our future”, Art Museum and Library, Ota, Gunma, Japan
Pro(s)thesis & Posthuman Complisities/xhibit und Gemaldegalerie der Akademie der Bildende Kunste Wien,Wien

2016 DAEGU PHOTO BIENNALE2016 Me in the Photography/Daegu Culture & Arts Cen- ter,Tegu,Korea
“Roppongi Crossing – My body, your voice”, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2015 “現代幽霊画”, TAV Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2013 “L’Experience Japonaise”, Theatre National de Marseille La Criee, Marseilles
“Aichi Triennale 2013”, Nayabashi, Aichi, Japan
“KISS THE HEART#2”, Isetan Shinjuku department store window display, Tokyo, Japan

2012 “Human Library”, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan
“and freedom 2 | MEGANE + Mari Katayama”, Traumaris | Space, Tokyo, Japan
“Shibukaru sai”, PARCO, Tokyo, Japan
“Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2012”, Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Tokyo University of the Arts Graduation Work Exhibition”, BankART Studio NYK, Kanagawa, Japan

“CunCun”, Gallery Conceal Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

“identity, body it. ―curated by Takashi Azumaya―”, NCA, Tokyo, Japan

“First EXPO ART 1st JAPAN”, Oizumimachi Bunkamura, Gunma, Japan

Wall paintings, Social Welfare Service Corporation Suido-sya, Gunma, Japan
“Art MAGMA”, Asaya department store, Gunma, Japan

“The 58th Nihon Independent Exhibition” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

“Gunma Biennale for Young Artists ’05” The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Gunma Country of birth: Japan Date of birth: 1987 Lives in: Gunma, Japan
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