Grasping a hot coal6


Hiroko Tsuchimoto is a visual/performance artist based in Stockholm. She holds an MFA from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design, and she also studied at Royal Institute of Art in StockholmGoing back and forth between ethnographic curiosity and critical distance, Tsuchimoto investigates the cultural constructions of personal and collective identity. She approaches sites, situations, and people with both critical eyes and a disinterested gaze in her artistic practice. She also uses her self-representation as an analytical tool towards social problems of gender, race, ethnicity, and nationality. Tsuchimoto gathers controversial issues as subject matters and explores how to expose unapparent power structures in sociocultural contexts. By observing, listening, and collaborating, she collects inspiration and research materials and weaves them into live performance pieces. She facilitates times and spaces where people can perceive humorous, uncomfortable, and disorienting feelings. She frequently formulates occasions for audiences to experience collective consciousness through physical and interactive exercises. She appreciates both affirmative and negative reactions to her works from the public, as her intention is to give them memorable emotional experiences that leave them with “question marks” about the invisible issues in our contemporary society.