Ken and Julia Yonetani are collaborative artists who work in the field of sculptural installation, video, and performance art. They have exhibited together at Artereal Gallery, Campbelltown Arts Centre, La Trobe University Museum of Art, Object Gallery, Gold Coast City Gallery, Jan Manton Art, and Sydney College of the Arts. In 2010, they staged a bed-in performance in Federation Square, Melbourne, and conducted a Synapse Residency in Mildura in collaboration with the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre and Sunrise 21.
Ken was born in Tokyo, Japan. He received a Bachelor of Economics in Japan and worked in the Foreign Exchange Market in Tokyo for three years. Following this, he was an assistant for pottery master, Toshio Kinjo, oldest son of Jiro Kinjo, National Living Treasure of Japan. He completed his M.A. at The Australian National University School of Art in 2005. He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2008 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, and was selected for the Australian contingent at The 53rd Venice Bienniale in 2009.
Julia holds a PhD from the Australian National University, and has held positions lecturing and researching in History, Cultural Studies, and Art Theory at the University of New South Wales, Western Sydney University and the University of the Ryukyus, Japan. She has also published work in Cultural Studies Review, Artlink, Art and Perception, Asian Studies Review, Japanese Studies, and Critical Asian Studies. She has been involved in various environmental movements and represented Okinawan environmental groups at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in Amman, Jordan in 2000.
Ken and Julia live together with their two daughters in the Blue Mountains, Australia.