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London-based, Japanese artist Hiraki Sawa’s videos explore psychological landscapes, unexpected worlds and the interweaving of domestic and imaginary spaces.  Populated with animals, inanimate objects and people, his characters search for their ‘place’ in the universe as he explores ideas of memory, displacement and migration.

 

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News / Events
Hiraki Sawa at Tate St. Ives Winter Festival
Screening
December 11, 2014
St. Ives, Cornwall, UK
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Museum Exhibition
Jesper Just and Hiraki Sawa at Al-Ma'mal for Contemporary Art
'FRACTURES' - The Jerusalem Show VII, Qalandiya International
October 24 - November 15, 2014
Jerusalem, Israel
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Museum Exhibition
Hiraki Sawa at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Solo Exhibition
September 20, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Victoria, British Columbia
image Hiraki Sawa at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Museum Exhibition
Hiraki Sawa at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Solo Exhibition
Jan 18 - Mar 30, 2014
Tokyo, Japan
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HIRAKI SAWA Lineament, 2012 Dual channel HD video with audio Duration: 18 min. 47 sec.

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HIRAKI SAWA Lineament, 2012 Dual channel HD video with audio Duration: 18 min. 47 sec.
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HIRAKI SAWA Lineament, 2012 Dual channel HD video with audio Duration: 18 min. 47 sec.
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HIRAKI SAWA O, 2011 Multi- channel video and sound Installation Installed at James Cohan Gallery, New York Edition of 5
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HIRAKI SAWA O, 2011 Multi- channel video and sound Installation Installed at James Cohan Gallery, New York Edition of 5
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HIRAKI SAWA O, 2011 Multi- channel video and sound Installation Installed at James Cohan Gallery, New York Edition of 5
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HIRAKI SAWA O, 2011 Multi- channel video and sound Installation Installed at James Cohan Gallery, New York Edition of 5
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HIRAKI SAWA 8 Minutes, 2005 Single channel video Edition of 8
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HIRAKI SAWA Going Places Sitting Down, 2004 3 channel video projection Installed at James Cohan Gallery, New York
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HIRAKI SAWA Going Places Sitting Down, 2004 3 channel video projection Commissioned by the Hayward/Bloomberg Artists' Commission
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HIRAKI SAWA Between, 2004 3 channel DVD installation Edition of 8
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HIRAKI SAWA Airliner, 2003 Single channel video 3 minutes
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HIRAKI SAWA Airliner, 2003 Single channel video 3 minutes
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HIRAKI SAWA Airliner, 2003 Single channel video 3 minutes
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HIRAKI SAWA migration, 2003 Single channel video 7 minutes 10 seconds
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HIRAKI SAWA migration, 2003 Single channel video 7 minutes 10 seconds
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HIRAKI SAWA Dwelling, 2002 9 minutes 20 seconds video on DVD Edition of 8
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HIRAKI SAWA Dwelling, 2002 9 minutes 20 seconds video on DVD Edition of 8
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HIRAKI SAWA Dwelling, 2002 9 minutes 20 seconds video on DVD Edition of 8
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HIRAKI SAWA Dwelling, 2002 9 minutes 20 seconds video on DVD Edition of 8
Artist BioDownload Bio English PDF
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Hiraki Sawa, Dwelling, 2002

Hiraki Sawa’s videos explore psychological landscapes, unexpected worlds and the interweaving of domestic and imaginary spaces.  Populated with animals, inanimate objects and people, his characters search for their ‘place’ in the universe as he explores ideas of memory, displacement and migration. 

 

Sawa is perhaps best known for an early animated work titled Dwelling (2002), completed while he was still in graduate school, in which airplanes take off, land, and travel throughout the interior space of an apartment.  Gregory Volk, in the essay for an exhibition at the Hammer Museum in 2005, wrote: “The more one spends time with the work…the more psychologically eventful these airplanes are, as they proceed on their inscrutable routes, seemingly at their own volition. They conjure a solitary apartment dweller’s drifting, multiple thoughts—a transportation in and of the mind, including random memories, hopes, nagging reminders of pressing tasks, and strange bursts of enthusiasm that come from nowhere in particular.”

 

More recently, Sawa embarked upon a project entitled Figment, a collection of works which comprises a group of increasingly surreal videos about the phenomenon of amnesia. The series takes its inspiration from, and is an ongoing means of processing, the sudden-onset and complete memory loss of one of the artist’s friends. One of the works in this series, Lineament (2012) is a two-channel video installation in which a male protagonist navigates a worn apartment. Like the intricate clock-like mechanisms that appear before and around him, his memories unravel and snap back together. The grooves of an LP record uncoil to become a line, then travel around in this liberated but perhaps indecipherable form. The audio—performed by Dale Berning & Ute Kanngiesser—is a palindrome, with a modified turntable in the gallery space playing a record forward and then backwards.

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Hiraki Sawa, Trail, 2005

With each new work, Sawa telegraphs more refined themes to his practice. Among them are the trickery and gifts of memory, the way time can pass at different speeds, and the tightly woven relationship between objects and emotional cues. Whether zooming in to microscopic details in a work or zooming out to the monolithic effort of a career, Sawa’s overall enterprise coheres both formally and thematically. Looping, meditative acts of repetition, patience and close observation are essential tools in understanding the way that memory works.

 

Hiraki Sawa (born 1977, Ishikawa, Japan) received his BFA from the University of East London and his MFA from the Slade School of Art at University College, London.  His work has been featured in the 2013 Biennale de Lyon, the 2010 Biennale of Sydney, 2008 Busan Biennial, the 2005 Yokohama Trienniale and the 2003 Biennale de Lyon.  Sawa’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Chisenhale Gallery, London; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne;  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Hammer Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles; Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Wooster College of Art, Wooster; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; Firstsite Contemporary Art Centre, Essex; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima; and the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie et Musée du Temps de Besançon with Le Consortium, Dijon.

 

Hiraki Sawa’s works are included in the public collections of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan; CAB, Burgos, Spain; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Leon, Spain; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC; Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan; UBS Art Collection, Zurich, Switzerland; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; and the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.  Hiraki Sawa lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Hiraki Sawa
Figment
March 22 - April 27, 2013
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Hiraki Sawa
O
February 17 - March 26, 2011
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
The Tell-tale Heart
泄密的心
February 27 - April 11, 2010
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
The Tree
June 26 - August 30, 2009
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Mining Nature
掘淤自然
July 10 - August 30, 2008
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Hiraki Sawa
Going Places Sitting Down
April 22 - June 03, 2006
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Vito Acconci, Ingrid Calame, Nam June Paik, Roxy Paine, Hiraki Sawa
May 07 - June 25, 2005
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Hiraki Sawa and Alan Saret
Hiraki Sawa, Alan Saret
February 20 - March 27, 2004
New York
Press / Media
Articles / Reviews
Times Colonist
"Video artist’s Victoria show a movement of memory," by Amy Smart
Articles / Reviews
Artpress
“Introducing Hiraki Sawa” by Léa Bismuth
Articles / Reviews
Artforum
“Hiraki Sawa, Opera City Art Gallery,” by Shinyoung Chung
Articles / Reviews
artasiapacific
"Hiraki Sawa," by Hanae Ko
Articles / Reviews
The Japan Times
“Hiraki Sawa’s dream world: Worth the pause for thought,” by C.B Liddell
Articles / Reviews
ArtAsiaPacific
"Hiraki Sawa: Figment," by Hanae Ko, July/August 2013
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Video Dreams: Hiraki Sawa," by Michael Rush, March 2011
Articles / Reviews
Senses of Cinema
"Little Pieces of Infinity: Hiraki Sawa's 'O'"
Articles / Reviews
New York Times
"Hiraki Sawa," by Ken Johnson
News
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News / Events
Screening
December 11, 2014
St. Ives, Cornwall, UK
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Museum Exhibition
'FRACTURES' - The Jerusalem Show VII, Qalandiya International
October 24 - November 15, 2014
Jerusalem, Israel
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
September 20, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Victoria, British Columbia
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Feb 26 – Jun 29, 2014
Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
Jan 18 - Mar 30, 2014
Tokyo, Japan
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
Oct 5, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014
Dundee, Scotland
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Sep 12, 2103 - Jan 5, 2014
Lyon, France
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News / Events
Solo Exhibition
July 13 - Sep 29, 2013
Dijon, France
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
Apr 7 - June 17, 2012
Tokyo, Japan
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News / Events
November 4--December 11, 2011
179 East Houston Street, NYC
Books
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Hiraki Sawa: Under the Box, Beyond the Bounds
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Lineament
Hiraki Sawa
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Hiraki Sawa
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Hiraki Sawa
Editions
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Edition
HIRAKI SAWA: Going Places Sitting Down
Portfolio of 5 digital C-type prints on AGFA archival paper