Chim↑Pom is an artist collective formed in 2005 in Tokyo with members Ryuta Ushiro, Yasutaka Hayashi, Ellie, Masataka Okada, Motomu Inaoka, and Toshinori Mizuno. Responding instinctively to the “real” of their times, Chim↑Pom has continuously released works that intervene in contemporary society with strong social messages. In addition to participating in exhibitions throughout the world, they develop various independent projects. In 2015, they opened their artist-run space “Garter” in Tokyo to curate and showcase work by many of their contemporaries. They also initiated, organized, and participated in the international exhibition “Don’t Follow the Wind,” which was launched on March 11, 2015, in Fukushima inside the nuclear exclusion zone created after the 2011 nuclear disaster. Since then, they recently have been working on various projects related to the theme of “borders” and presented “The Other Side,” a project on the U.S.-Mexico border, in 2017. The group received the Prudential Eye Awards in 2015, under the categories Best Emerging Artist Using Digital/Video and Best Emerging Artist of the Year.

Selected solo exhibitions:

“The other side,” MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo, 2017
“So see you again tomorrow, too?,” Kabukicho Shinko-Kumiai Bldg., Tokyo, 2016
“SUPER RAT,” Saatchi Gallery, London, 2015
“Hiroshima!!!!!” Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch, Hiroshima, 2013
“Chim↑Pom,” Parco Museum, Tokyo, 2012
“Chim↑Pom,” MoMA PS1, New York, 2011

Selected group exhibitions:

“20th Biennale of Sydney (Don’t Follow the Wind),” Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia, 2016
“Busan Biennale 2016,” Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea, 2016
“Don’t Follow the Wind” inside the radioactive exclusion zone, Fukushima, 2015
“Zero Tolerance,” MoMA PS1, New York, 2014
“The 9th Shanghai Biennale – REACTIVATION,” Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, 2012
“The 29th São Paulo Biennial – There is always a cup of sea to sail in” Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavillion, Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, 2010


“Why Can’t We Make the Sky of Hiroshima “PIKA!”?” co-edited with Kenichi Abe, Tokyo: MUJIN-TO Production, 2009
“Chim↑Pom” Tokyo: Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2010
“GeijutsuJikkohan [Art as Action] ” Tokyo: Asahi Press, 2012
“Ellie Wa Itsumo Kimochi Warui” Tokyo: Asahi Press, 2014
“Don’t Follow the Wind: official exhibition catalogue” co-edited with Noi Sawaragi, Tokyo: Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2015