Artist: Mika Tajima

Born 1975, Los Angeles, CA. Lives and works in New York.

Mika Tajima employs sculpture, painting, video, music, and performance, often drawing on contradictions in modernist design and architecture to consider how the performing subject (e. g., speaker, dancer, designer, factory worker, musician, filmmaker) is constructed in spaces in which material objects outline action and engagement. Tajima’s most recent work extends her interrogation of the built environment and the maximized performer to the global flow of life energies sought by unraveling systems. Tajima also works collaboratively under the moniker New Humans, including on projects with Vito Acconci, Charles Atlas, Judith Butler, and C. Spencer Yeh, among others.

Tajima’s work has been shown internationally, at venues including the South London Gallery, London; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Seattle Art Museum; SculptureCenter and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York City; Bass Museum, Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Tajima lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MFA from Columbia University.


Sep 13, 2014 ... Oct 25, 2014
Mika Tajima: Total Body Conditioning
  • The Village Voice: Mika Tajima Jessica Dawson, 'Hot Tubs Get the Spa Treatment at Art in General – Plus: A Bauhaus Bonus!,' The Village Voice, October 22, 2014. View article.
  • Artspace: Mika Tajima Ian Wallace, 'Artist Mika Tajima on Shaping the Human Body Through Sculpture,' Artspace, June 3, 2014. View article.
  • ARTnews: Mika Tajima '9 Openings to Attend in New York This Week,' ARTnews, September 8, 2014. View article.
  • TimeOut New York: Mika Tajima Mika Tajima, "Total Body Conditioning," TimeOut New York, August 22, 2014. View article.