Maya Erin Masuda (b. Tokyo, JP, she/her), is a Tokyo-London-Berlin-based, queer interdisciplinary artist. Maya brings her unique speculative post-human realism to life through storytelling via film, performance, writing and time-based installation.
Throughout her work, Maya Erin Masuda elaborately re-examines current environmental concerns such as the emergence of geotrauma or nuclear energy, from the borderlands where technology and animal, human and material converge. As an artist who has a background in machine engineering, Maya proposes affective, sensual, spatiotemporal narrative which reimagines ‘otherness’ as a perfect totality set within the abjected state, which interweaves non-human, marginalised and symbolic. Developing a kinship with the imperfect and political nature of technology, her work reveals and interrogates constructed images of idealised futurity while suggesting an alternative methodology that negates anthropocentrism.
Graduated from Tama Art University in Tokyo, she she studied and researched new media archaeology at Royal College of Art, where she obtained her MA. Her practice encompasses a wide range of fields such as curation, publishing and activism. She is the co-founder of the feminist-queer journal i+med(i/e)a, and was recently shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries(2022, UK), Sustainability First Art Prize (2021, UK) so on. Her recent exhibitions include 손과 속삭임 Hands and Whispers (2023, YPC Seoul), Interassemblages - Nodal Relay(2022, ACUD Gallery Berlin), ESC - YYYYMMDD + VVOVVA (2022, online/Amsterdam), Trans×Formation (2022, AnBTokyo), Aichi Triennale U27 program Exhibition (2019, Art Lab Aichi) etc.