Rei Naito was born in 1961 in Hiroshima in Japan. From the outset, Rei Naito has always observed and analysed the human condition. She prefers “soft and weak things” and uses familiar materials such as cloth, bits of wood, beads or seashells and a particular light that transforms the visitor’s experience into a moment perfect for meditation and contemplation. Despite the delicate and subdued nature of her installations, through them Rei Naito speaks to us of violent things; of death, of the inexpressible. Her tiny anthropomorphic sculptures, which are sometimes exhibited beside her works, are not human beings but figures that the artist has charged with a mission: to believe in hope.
Her work was included in the exhibition 'Untitled, 2020' (2020) at Punta della Dogana.