Yuko Mohri is an installation artist known for her kinetic sculptures that use reconfigured everyday objects and machine parts. She focuses on encounters between objects and invisible energies such as magnetism, gravity, wind or light and authorises uncontrollable nonhuman elements to function within networks, often compared to self-contained ‘ecosystems’ that incessantly channel the surrounding environment.
Mohri’s solo and group exhibitions include Weavers of Worlds - A Century of Flux in Japanese Modern / Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2019); Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Russia (2019); Assume That There Is Friction and Resistance, Towada Arts Center, Aomori, Japan (2018); Voluta, Camden Arts Centre, London (2018); Dissémination, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (2018); Japanorama. A new vision on art since 1970, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2017) and 14th Biennale de Lyon, France (2017).
Mohri is the recipient of the 67th Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists, Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2017); Culture and Future Prize, 65th Kanagawa Culture Award, Japan (2016) and Grand Prix, Nissan Art Award, Yokohama (2015). She was selected as one of the 2020 laureates, Cité internationale des arts, Paris (2019) and as the Asian Cultural Exchange Envoy (2018). In her role as envoy, she visited four cities in China.
She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Department of Information Design, Tama Art University Faculty of Art and Design, Tokyo (2004) and a Master of Fine Arts from the Department of Intermedia Art, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts (2006).
Born in 1980 in Kanagawa, Japan, the artist lives and works in Tokyo.