Mami Kataoka (Tokyo)

How do you talk about Asia?

In her talk, Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan) chief curator deconstructs her programmatic approach, which she calls: “Total Curating.” Can we rethink exhibition making by deviating from mere object-based visual experiences to achieve more holistic representation? Presenting a complete, well-rounded consideration of diverse social, historical, and aesthetic contexts to create broader cultural understanding.

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Mami Kataoka, How do you talk about Asia?, 2016. Lecture documentation FIELD MEETING: Thinking Practice, November 12th at Asia Society. Photo: Renata Carciofolo.


Since 2003, Mami Kataoka has curated a number of exhibitions at the Mori Art Museum where she serves as chief curator, including Ai Weiwei: According to What? (2009/ US Tour 2012-13), Makoto Aida (2012), and Lee Mingwei and His Relations (2014-15). She is also a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design, a Board Member of CIMAM, a member of Asian Art Council of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and most recently the Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney in 2018. Her participation in FIELD MEETING is supported by Mori Art Museum (Tokyo)

Hiroshi Sugimoto, End of Time, 2005. Courtesy of Mori Art Museum, (Tokyo).