Mika Tajima received her MFA in 2003 from Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York, NY. After completing her BA (Fine Arts/East Asian Studies) in 1997 from Bryn Mawr College, PA she was accepted into The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s (FWM) Apprentice Training Program as a Post-Graduate Apprentice. In 2011, Tajima was invited to begin an Artist-in-Residence with FWM, 14 years after her original apprenticeship.

Mika Tajima employs sculpture, painting, video, music, and performance, often drawing on contradictions in modernist design and architecture to consider how the performing subject (e. g., speaker, dancer, designer, factory worker, musician, filmmaker) is constructed in spaces in which material objects outline action and engagement. Tajima’s most recent work extends her interrogation of the built environment and the maximized performer to the global flow of life energies sought by unraveling systems. Tajima also works collaboratively under the moniker New Humans, including on projects with Vito Acconci, Charles Atlas, Judith Butler, and C. Spencer Yeh, among others.

Tajima’s work has been shown internationally, at venues including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; South London Gallery, London; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Mika Tajima. From the New York Close Up film 'Behind the Scenes with Mika Tajima'. Courtesy of Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by John Marton.
Mika Tajima
Los Angeles, 1975

Past Exhibitions

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

Palais de Tokyo
03/02/2017 — 08/05/2017

Mika Tajima: Embody

13/02/2016 — 13/03/2016

Solo Shows

Emotion Commune, Protocinema, Istanbul
Mika Tajima, Eleven Rivington, New York City, NY

Mika Tajima, Human Synth, Taro Nasu Gallery – Tokyo, Tokyo

Mika Tajima: Total Body Conditioning, Art in General, New York City, NY
Mika Tajima | Negative Entropy, Eleven Rivington, New York City, NY

Mika Tajima, Total Body Conditioning, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon

Group Shows

Painting @ The Very Edge Of Art, Contemporary Art Galleries, UConn School of Fine Arts, Storrs, CT

Nouvelle Génération, FRAC, Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque
Display: Marketing As Art, Contemporary Art Galleries, UConn School of Fine Arts, Storrs, CT

New Humans, Bureau, New York City, NY
Out Of Doubt!, Roppongi Crossing 2013, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Midori Mambo Black Russian, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Artists at Art Brussels, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto, Porto
All You Need IS LOVE, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Volubilis, Effearte, Milan
Paint Things: Beyond The Stretcher, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
Beyond The Object, Brand New Gallery, Milan

9th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai
New York: Directions, Points Of Interest, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan
Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies, Tensta Konsthall, Spanga

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Los Angeles Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1975 Lives in: New York
W: Mika Tajima M: mikatajimastudio@gmail.com