Hiraki Sawa

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Hiraki Sawa made his debut with the East International Award, which is highly regarded as a gateway to success for young artists, with his work, "dwelling" (2002). The work displayed numerous model airplanes flying around in the room, while monochrome screen images projected unusual events and perspectives of reality. In "spotter", tiny people observed airplanes chasing their own shadows while assembling a range of cooking materials in the kitchen. Also in "migration", people, horses, camels, and birds conducted a silent parade in the empty house.

Later, Sawa created two-channel video works that operated simultaneously, such as "murmuring" and "out of the blue". He further developed his works to three-channel video works, like "going places sitting down", so that the artworks came to encompass the gallery entirely.

Recently, Sawa attempted to exhibit the room built for his work, "silk", and the projected image in a parallel line. The room made for the artwork was absorbed, and it became a metaphor which suggested that the video itself was a kind of 'micro-room'. Likewise in 2009, he exhibited a video artwork titled "O" which was located in a large space with a composition of three big screens, ten monitors, and five rotating speakers. The screen images faced the real room, and it was a sort of tentative attempt to embed the screen image into a structure.

Sawa's recent works explore the possibilities and effects of screen images located in real-life exhibition spaces.

Born in 1977 in Ishikawa, Japan, Hiraki Sawa studied fine art and went on to pursue his MFA in sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art in London, where he continues to work till today. His video work and moving image installations reveal domestic and imaginary spaces that play with the often unexpected textures of memory and artifice. Sawa has participated in the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2009), the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010), the 2011 Chengdu Biennale, and group exhibitions such as "Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia" touring the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore and the Middle East Katara Cultural Village in Doha (2012), and "Re: Quest -- Japanese Contemporary Art Since the 1970's" at the Museum of Art Seoul National University (2013). His solo exhibitions have been held at the National Museum of Victoria, Melbourne (2006), la Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archeologie, Besançon (2010), and most recently at the Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo (2012).
Hiraki Sawa dwelling 2002 video(b+w, stereo sound) 9'20"