Japan Pavilion. Photo by Francesco Galli. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia.
JAPANESE PAVILION, Takahiro Iwasaki: Turned Upside Down, It's a Forest
Takahiro Iwasaki has created a multifaceted spatial experience of viewing the Itsukushima Shrine located in Hiroshima, where the artist was born, raised, and continues to work. Viewers can see the site from the perspective of a bird, insect, or fish, skewing the perception of time, material, and reality. The artist has explored Japan's rural landscape in his previous work, and furthers that investigation with this project by imagining the site seen from land and by sea. The exhibition title, Turned Upside Down, It's a Forest, comes from the idea that Venice would look like a forest if it were flipped, since it was built on stakes within a lagoon.