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Hiraki Sawa | the artist






The artist Hiraki Sawa
Born 1977, Ishikawa, Japan.
Lives and works in London, England.

Style and technique of the artist: Video, Sydney Biennale,


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Hiraki Sawa was born in Ishikawa, Japan. He currently lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include Experimenta Playground, International Biennal of Media Arts, Melbourne, Australia and 12e Biennale de l' Image en Mouvement, Centre Pour l'Image Contemporaine, Saint Gervais, Geneve...

Hiraki Sawa’s home is both the backdrop and inspiration for most of the works in Six good reasons to stay at home. In the videos of the artist’s modest apartment in this exhibition, strange and magical activities take place when there is no one at home to witness them. Rooms are suddenly transformed by the converging flight paths of swarms of model airplanes and tiny naked figures and animals from the images of 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge also populate the space, aimlessly traversing the surfaces throughout the apartment in a meditative yet slightly disturbing way. In the whimsical world of Sawa’s videos domestic space becomes a place of wonder, but our voyeuristic inclusion within this world frequently edges towards the surreal...

Since then he has been interested in the production of time based installations using electronics, lights, multiple media. In the MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art he started using video in his work, still influenced by his background in sculpture, his work in audiovisual interestingly seems to capture 2D images from 3D spaces and objects, rather than cinematographic time and sequence. "Since I think of working in video in sculptural terms, I make the video image as I would a tangible object."