Noritoshi Hirakawa

Japanese, b. 1960

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Noritoshi Hirakawa

Japanese, b. 1960

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Noritoshi Hirakawa’s photographs, films, and performances confront the repressive constraints of social mores, subverting polite behavior to model alternative social relations. “I think it is very important to create an environment, a natural place for emotion to come out. . . . It’s a great time to have a new discourse because people are interested in evolving their consciousness,” Hirakawa has said. Hirakawa’s photographs express sexual taboos and negative emotions considered inappropriate for public expression. His 1999 photograph Tanja’s World mimics Andrew Wyeth’s famous painting Christina’s World (1948), featuring a woman crawling across a large field toward a house. The image communicates desperation and longing, and it creates a space for these emotions to play out in an otherwise emotionally numb public sphere.

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Istanbul Biennial
Biography

Noritoshi Hirakawa’s photographs, films, and performances confront the repressive constraints of social mores, subverting polite behavior to model alternative social relations. “I think it is very important to create an environment, a natural place for emotion to come out. . . . It’s a great time to have a new discourse because people are interested in evolving their consciousness,” Hirakawa has said. Hirakawa’s photographs express sexual taboos and negative emotions considered inappropriate for public expression. His 1999 photograph Tanja’s World mimics Andrew Wyeth’s famous painting Christina’s World (1948), featuring a woman crawling across a large field toward a house. The image communicates desperation and longing, and it creates a space for these emotions to play out in an otherwise emotionally numb public sphere.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Istanbul Biennial