James Cohan Gallery is pleased to announce Hiraki Sawa's exhibition of his most recent work, Lineament, at Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.April 7 - June 17, 2012
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James Cohan Gallery is pleased to announce Hiraki Sawa's exhibition of his most recent work, Lineament, at Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. Sawa's video works explore artificial 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 exile and migration. Innovative, evocative and haunting, Sawa’s videos reflect the ambiguous state between belonging and being an outsider.
Lineament continues the artist's investigation into the idea of memory, exploring the abstracted nature of amnesia. A man is depicted in a room, seemingly recalling his own memories, as a series of images are juxtaposed with one another, sometimes even overlapping the figure himself. The overall effect draws the viewer's attention to the ambiguity between fiction and reality.
Hiraki Sawa was born in 1977 in Ishikawa, Japan and received his BFA from the University of East London and his MFA from the Slade School of Art at University College, London. Hiraki Sawa has been featured in the 2008 Busan Biennial, the 2005 Yokohama Trienniale and the 2003 Lyon Biennial. Sawa’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the 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 most recently with the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie et Musée du Temps de Besançon with Le Consortium, Dijon.