Black of Death , 2013. © Chim↑Pom. Courtesy of Chim↑Pom Studio

Black of Death, 2013. © Chim↑Pom. Courtesy of Chim↑Pom Studio


Chim↑Pom is a Japanese artist collective comprised of Ryuta Ushiro, Yasutaka Hayashi, Ellie, Masataka Okada, Motomu Inaoka, and Toshinori Mizuno. Their work includes interventions through performance, video, painting, installation, curating and organizing events. Sharp social critique underpins the group’s work, and the collective is unafraid to cause controversy in the service of their message.

To date, some of the collective’s actions have included: in 2008, skywriting the word ‘PIKA’ – a mimetic word in Japanese for ‘flash’ – over Hiroshima where the atomic bomb was dropped; in 2011, a guerrilla style ‘updating’ of Taro Okamoto’s mural depicting the history of nuclear exposure in Japan, in order to better reflect Japan’s post-Fukushima nuclear reality; in 2012, as part of the collective Don’t Follow The Wind, the group entered the Fukushima Nuclear Zone and installed an exhibition across abandoned properties in the area – the exhibition remains inaccessible while radiation levels remain.

The group received the Prudential Eye Award in 2015 in the category of Best Emerging Artist Using Digital/Video and Best Emerging Artist of the Year. They have recently exposed at the Lyon Biennial (2017) and the Busan Biennial (2016).

VIDEO ART FROM JAPAN, curated by Edward Ball of the White Rainbow, London