Chim↑Pom (now known as Chim↑Pom from Smappa!Group) is an artist collective based in Tokyo, formed in 2005 by Ryuta Ushiro, Yasutaka Hayashi, Ellie, Masataka Okada, Motomu Inaoka and Toshinori Mizuno. Seeking to integrate art in the ‘real world’, their often provocative works incite situations that point to local, contemporary, social concerns. They have held solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York, Parco Museum, Tokyo, Saatchi Gallery, London, and participated in many international events, including the Bienal de São Paulo and Shanghai Biennale, Lyon Biennale, and Asian Art Biennial. In 2015 they opened Garter, an artist-run space in Tokyo to curate and showcase work by many of their contemporaries.
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