Yoko Inoue graduated from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and went on to earn her MFA from Hunter College of the City of New York in 2000. She has had several international installations, exhibitions and performances. Inoue explores the complexity of cultural merging in society and reflects observations of cultural residue she finds in the commercial realm. Her performance and public projects, often realized with the direct support of local businesses, allow her to better analyze social dynamics and systems of commerce.
“Transmigration of the SOLD, Phase I”
This installation and performance project probes the relationship between global trade and native culture. The idea is based on Inoue’s involvement with South-American street vendors in New York who, in the wake of 9/11, sell hand-knit wool sweatshirts and hats decorated with American flags. The performance is in two phases: Phase one consists of an outdoor performance on Canal Street to investigate the effects of global economics on cultural identity. The performance involves the unraveling of Peruvian and Ecuadorian sweaters with American flag designs. In the second phase, Inoue will cycle these products back to their place of origin and reconnect them with the culture of South American marketplaces.