Mariko Mori was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1967. Before stepping into the art scene, in the late 80s she worked as a fashion model, while studying Fashion Design at the Bunka Fashion College, Tokyo (1986-1988). She moved to England in 1988 to study at the Byam Shaw School of Art (1988-1989) and Chelsea College, London (1989-1992). In 1992 she started an Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Her work has been included in major group exhibitions like Venice Biennale (1997 and 2003), Istanbul Bienali (1997), Sydney Biennial (2000), Shanghai Biennale (2000), São Paolo Bienal (2002), Moving Pictures at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2003), and Singapore Biennale (2006). Recent solo shows of Mori's work have been organized by Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (2000), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2003), Koyodo Museum in Chino, Japan (2006), Groninger Museum in Holland (2007), and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead (2009).
Mariko Mori’s work, although based upon a profound reflection on the meaning of making art, expresses a strong sense of freedom in the use of media, scientific research and the typical imagery of her generation. The artist’s language is fundamentally rooted in the careful observation and deep comprehension of Japanese society and culture.
Deitch Projects, New York Galerie Perrotin, Paris