Tomoko Kawai (JP/DE, b. 1977) is a Berlin-based Japanese artist whose practice focuses on reconsidering human nature. She traces the invisible structures in society and the laws of nature by interpreting history through her experiences, ecology, and profound insight into daily life. Conducting fieldwork in the cities and natural environments where she has lived and visited, she seeks a new role for humans as members of the natural world.
In the Becoming Animals series, Kawai reflects on human-animal relations from the perspective of life and death. The qualities of seemingly living animals, who are not alive anymore, are captured and juxtaposed with those of sparkling machines. Death – which belongs to nature – is absent here, and the world created by humans is like a fuzzy dream.