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Hiraki Sawa

Japanese, b. 1977

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Hiraki Sawa

Japanese, b. 1977

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In Hiraki Sawa’s evocative single- and multi-channel videos, the artist explores time, memory, migration, displacement, and his own position in the world. Incorporating animation and still shots in his work, he interweaves fantasy and reality, drawing heavily from his life experiences. His inspirations range from his memories of playing on a toy rocking horse as a child, to his fascination with airplanes, to his sense of living between two cultures and identities as a Japanese transplant to London. For him, the process of creating videos is way to manipulate time. In them, time alternates between speeding up, slowing down, expanding, and contracting, as the animals, objects, and tiny human figures that populate his pieces move in and out of the frame, often ranging across domestic spaces. “I just love time,” Sawa once said. “Controlling time is [a] really fascinating activity for me.”

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and 3 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Biennale de Lyon
Biography

In Hiraki Sawa’s evocative single- and multi-channel videos, the artist explores time, memory, migration, displacement, and his own position in the world. Incorporating animation and still shots in his work, he interweaves fantasy and reality, drawing heavily from his life experiences. His inspirations range from his memories of playing on a toy rocking horse as a child, to his fascination with airplanes, to his sense of living between two cultures and identities as a Japanese transplant to London. For him, the process of creating videos is way to manipulate time. In them, time alternates between speeding up, slowing down, expanding, and contracting, as the animals, objects, and tiny human figures that populate his pieces move in and out of the frame, often ranging across domestic spaces. “I just love time,” Sawa once said. “Controlling time is [a] really fascinating activity for me.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and 3 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Biennale de Lyon
Articles Featuring Hiraki Sawa
Art Stage Singapore: Focus on Japan
Jan 9th, 2014
Art Stage Singapore: Focus on Japan
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