Artists » Haruko Tanaka

2005 Fellow

Raised in England and Japan before coming to the U.S. in the early 1990s, Haruko Tanaka has a keen interest in the transmission and translation of cultural traditions and the creation of community. Her artistic practice ranges from photography and film/video to collaborative performance, events, workshops and psychic readings. In this exhibition, Tanaka’s 1,000 Bags for Some Peace recalls a mobile of origami cranes, except here they are plastic grocery bags folded into triangles as her mother taught her to do.

Her work has been shown at such places as the Asia Society, CUE Art Foundation, The Museum of Modern Art and The Rotterdam International Film Festival. Her collaborative efforts have taken place at Highways, Sea and Space Explorations, High Energy Constructs and South Central Farms. She has an MFA from Cal Arts.