Hiraki Sawa

Hiraki Sawa (b. 1977, Ishikawa, Japan) currently lives and works in London. Studied BFA at the University of East London and MFA at the Slade School of Art at University College, London. Sawa is best known for video installations which present intimate observations of familiar surroundings. Trees growing from a table, or a clock suddenly endowed with legs are natural interventions made by Sawa, yet extraordinary and unpredictable for the audience. His use of animation, sharp attention to lighting, and meticulously composed shots, are amalgamated into layered works of contrasting scales. He has the ability to manipulate his imagination into a position that sits between the parallel languages of sculpture and film. For each exhibition Sawa adds more refined themes to his practice. Among them are trickery and gifts of memory, the way time can pass at different speeds, the collaging of scale and the tightly woven relationship between objects and emotional cues. Select solo exhibitions include Chisenhale Gallery, London; Dundee Contemporary; Parafin Gallery, London; as well as in Japan, France, Spain, Australia and the USA. Select group exhibitions include The 12th Biennale de Lyon, France (2013); Dark Matters, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK (2011); and The 6th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2009). His works are held in public collections internationally including the Arts Council Collection; Hayward Gallery, London; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Smithsonian Institute Washington DC; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; CAB, Burgos, Spain; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; and the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.

Last updated: 09.01.2019