Ai Kobayashi is an artist who focuses on the relationship between individuals and society, especially in regards to gender roles.

Her works include various media, such as performance, video and costume. Particularly, she interprets the structure of video and the “behavioral subject of the spectator,” as a mutual surveillance relationship between individual and society. Currently she is interested in topics of bio- and body politics as well as the subconscious force of Japanese history and society and its symbolic expressions.

Ai Kobayashi received her BFA in traditional lacquer craft and her MFA in contemporary art and theory (both at Hiroshima City University). Afterward she studied as a post-graduate under Julia Scher at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln.