Lives/Works: Tokyo and other places

Godai Sahara is an artist and a medical doctor working on prevention. Sahara’s work spans a variety of media, including performances, objects, videos, texts and drawings. Key components of the work are often ephemeral and experienced through viewers’ bodies, like wine, soap, songs, conversations and massage balls. With those elements based on research and personal encounters, Sahara proposes alternative ways of passing time within everyday-life conditions. That is perhaps to examine how one’s pursuit of ‘well-being’, or more generally, wish for ‘the better’, can relate to and affect others’ and surroundings, in order to be able to live as if there were no problems.


2023     The Living House, Van Gogh House London, London

2022     Heart/Herz by Spirite, Bonenburg

2020     Re-enchanted Matter, APT Gallery, London

​            Spirite ii), Multiversal Studio, Leipzig

2019     (Solo) Ich mache eine Wunderkammer/I make a Wunderkammer, Eisenbahnstraße 14, Berlin

2018     (Solo) Good Samaritan, GAO, London

            (Solo) Cairn Gallery, Pittenweem

            A Gift from Someone who Wishes to Cry but Hardly Ever Does, Yard Gallery, Shanghai

            Ascending Delight, Glasgow International, Glasgow

            achtung! uwaga!, Fort Zachodni, Swinoujscie

            Bima and Friends, Jockel, Berlin

            The Deep, Sebright Arms, London

            Snow/River-Wine Tasting, Narva Art Residency, Narva

2017     A Lock of Owen Wilson's Hair, Glasgow Open House, Glasgow

            Safety at the Savoy Centre, Savoy Centre, Glasgow

            everything wrong with labour and other stories, Savoy Centre, Glasgow

            CHAIN by 15, Papa Bear, London

2016     REcreative Screening, South London Gallery, London

            SLADE?WOTEVER!¯\_(ツ)_/¯, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London

            The Small Press Project, The North Lodge, UCL, London

            Platform 1, Bloomsbury Theatre, London

            Indigo Vastness, The Street Gallery, University College Hospital, London

            Da Thirst X BALTIC 39: Dawn of Justice, BALTIC 39, Newcastle

            Have a no, The Laughing Bell, London

2015     Motion in Form II, Slade Research Centre, London

2014     Swimming Lessons, THe Gallery on the Corner, London

            Hongo Bongo, Zbojne Town Hall, Zbojne

            Balthazar Went To Heaven, DIG, London

            Internet Yami-Ichi, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin


2021     ab nox, ad lux, Aber Press, Malmö

2020     MY ARTS; AT HOME / FROM YOUR SPACE, Arts Tropical, Okinawa

2017     Fungus Press, Turf Projects, Croydon


2020     Nida Art Colony, Nida (cancelled)

            PAIR program, Kaohsiung (postponed)

2018     Narva Art Residency, Narva

2016     Berenice Goodwin Prize for Achievement in Performance


2017     PG Diploma, Glasgow School of Art

2016     BA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London

2006     MD, The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine