The Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo since 2003, notable exhibitions Mami Kataoka has curated include ‘Roppongi Crossing’ (2004, 2013), ‘Sensing Nature: Perception of Nature in Japan’ (2010); as well as major survey shows on prominent artists in Asia such as Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Ai Weiwei, Lee Bul, Makoto Aida, and most recently on Lee Mingwei. Kataoka was also the International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London between 2007 and 2009.
Frequently writing for publications and presenting lectures on contemporary art in Asia, Kataoka is a key figure in analysing socio-historical and generational trends within contemporary Japanese Art. In recent years she has extended her curatorial practice internationally, engaging in many projects including ‘ROUNDTABLE: 9th Gwangju Biennale’ (2012), South Korea as Co-Artistic Director and guest curating ‘Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past’ (2012) at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Kataoka also curated ‘Ai Weiwei: According to What?’ (2012) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, which toured to several other North American venues.
Currently she serves as a board member of CIMAM, a member of Guggenheim Museum Asia Art Council and an advisory member for Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.
Image: Mami Kataoka. Photograph: Jennifer Yin.