Kanako Hayashi

2016 Residency: February through April

In her performative driven work, Kanako Hayashi gathers historical traces and fragments of memory in urban space by intervening directly with architecture and space through actions and setups in an attempt to render visible the invisible. Hayashi`s practice is marked by intense training experience in competitive swimming and synchronized swimming during her teenage years. The experience underwater has led her to observe the world from a singular perspective, to develop a physical sense of being within restricted conditions and to nurture creativity within these boundaries.
In 2014, Hayashi’s sudden interest in dance led her to take classes with the Trisha Brown Dance Company This experience radically changed the way she thought of herself as a performer and permanently altered her artistic practice. During her joint residency with AAI/RU, Hayashi plans to focus on two female performers: Trisha Brown and Ana Mendieta.

In 2014, Hayashi was a recipient of the Asian Cultural Council to participate in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency program. Hayashi’s solo exhibitions include: 2013: Between you, me and the Lamppost, (AIT) Arts Initiative Tokyo, Japan; PORTFOLIO 2013, Island Medium, Tokyo)); The daughter of Time, αM Project 2011 Stratosphere, Gallery αM, Tokyo (2012); continue #6 STREET PRACTICE, Otto Mainzheim Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2009). Selected group exhibitions include: Waku-waku Mizex Bath Department, Beppu Contemporary Art Frstival 2015 ‘Mixed Bathing Workd’, Oita Japan (2015), Open Studios with Process Space Artists-in-Residence, LMCC’s Art Center at Governors’ Island, NYC (2014); Grace Exhibition Space with Fountain Art Fair, New York (2014); Zerodate Art Project 2013, Akita (2013); TRANS ARTS TOKYO” Kanda Community Center Art Project, Tokyo (2012); Skin & Map: the study of body and sense by four artists, Competition of Aichi Triennale 2010 Aichi Arts Center, Aichi (2010).

Education: MFA in the Inter Media Art from Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, 2013; Chelsea college of Arts and Design University of the Arts London in Art Theory from 2010-2011;BFA in Oil Painting from Kyoto Seika University in 2004


Kanako’s 3-month residency is made possible with support from the Pola Art Foundation and the ongoing studio partnership with Residency Unlimited.