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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Hiraki Sawa

b. 1977, Japan

Hiraki Sawa was born in Ishikawa, Japan. He currently lives and works in London. Since 2002, he has exhibited extensively, including solo exhibitions at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Besançon, Besançon, 2010; Yu-un, Tokyo, 2009; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, 2008; Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2007; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2006; James Cohan Gallery, New York, 2006.

Sawa has also participated in a number of group exhibitions and international art festivals including the Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, 2010; Asian-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2009; Automatic Cities: The Architectural Imaginary in Contemporary Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 2009; Yokohama Triennial, Yamashita Pier, Yokohama, 2005; Lyon Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, 2003. He won the East International Award in 2002, the Decibel Award for Artists in 2006 and in 2011 he was awarded the Gotoh Memorial Prize.

Featured Artworks

Envelope by Hiraki Sawa contemporary artwork Hiraki SawaEnvelope, 2014 Video installation, mixed media with mirrors and speakers, sound, 11 mins 20 secs
Parafin
Ladders by Hiraki Sawa contemporary artwork Hiraki SawaLadders, 2016 Copper
42 x 36 x 23 cm
Parafin
iota 9 by Hiraki Sawa contemporary artwork Hiraki Sawaiota 9, 2016 Ink drawing on giclée print
5.3 x 9.2 cm
Parafin
Lineament by Hiraki Sawa contemporary artwork Hiraki SawaLineament, 2012 Two-channel video, colour, silent. Customised record player, vinyl record, stereo sound, 18 mins 47 secs
Parafin
Souvenir III by Hiraki Sawa contemporary artwork Hiraki SawaSouvenir III, 2012 Video, black and white, silent, 2 mins 2 secs
Parafin
ulo.ulo.ulo by Hiraki Sawa contemporary artwork Hiraki Sawaulo.ulo.ulo, 2017 Two channel video installation. Colour, stereo sound. 37’24” duration
Parafin
Fish story by Hiraki Sawa contemporary artwork Hiraki SawaFish story, 2017 Two channel video installation. Colour, stereo sound. 8’32” duration
Parafin
Fantasmagoria by Hiraki Sawa contemporary artwork Hiraki SawaFantasmagoria, 2017 Single channel video installation. Colour, stereo sound. 10’20” duration
Parafin

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Hiraki Sawa, Fantasmagoria at Parafin, London
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15 February–29 March 2018 Hiraki Sawa Fantasmagoria Parafin, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Hiraki Sawa, Man in Camera at Parafin, London
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15 July–17 September 2016 Hiraki Sawa Man in Camera Parafin, London

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If Pigs Could Fly: A Report From Art Stage Singapore Ocula Report If Pigs Could Fly: A Report From Art Stage Singapore 28 Jan 2014 : Sherman Sam for Ocula

No art fair is complete without an inflatable, in this case a bright pink, flying pig (well actually this one doesn’t fly, but not every one can do a Pink Floyd). This larger-than-life work, Love Me (2013) by Jeong-Hwa Choi at the Vannessa Qwang Gallery, inflates then deflates slightly at a gentle pace, bringing one gallerist to remark...

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Melissa Chiu Ocula Conversation Melissa Chiu Senior Vice President, Global Arts & Cultural Programs, Asia Society

Asia Society recently played host to some of the most significant institutional figures in the art world, including Glenn D. Lowry (Director of The MoMA New York), Caroline Collier (Director, Tate Modern), Yuko Hasegawa (Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo) and Lars Nittve (Executive Director, M+, Hong Kong).  These figures...

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This week gave me a chance to consider human intervention in our environment. If Sondra Perry’s opening at the Serpentine uses digital tools to make our dark history extremely contemporary, Open Space Contemporary’s Adventitious Encounters exploits its location to explore our desire for nature in a technologically saturated world. The former...

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Preview: 8 highlights from Art021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair and West Bund Art and Design Related Press Preview: 8 highlights from Art021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair and West Bund Art and Design Art Radar Journal : 8 November 2016

November is a big month for Shanghai. From 10 to 13 November 2016, ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair will open its doors at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. Now in its fourth year, the fair is an officially sanctioned project of the 18th China Shanghai International Arts Festival and includes the participation of 84 galleries from 18 countries...

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Hiraki Sawa: Video by Particle Productions Related Press Hiraki Sawa: Video by Particle Productions James Cohan Gallery : 5 May 2015

London-based, Japanese artist Hiraki Sawa’s videos explore psychological 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 memory, displacement and...

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Art Fair Tokyo 2015: Talion Gallery, Akio Nagasawa, Ota Fine Arts Related Press Art Fair Tokyo 2015: Talion Gallery, Akio Nagasawa, Ota Fine Arts Blouin Artinfo : 3 March 2015

Art Fair Tokyo’s tenth anniversary edition, set to open on March 20, will bring the fair’s focus back firmly on Japan, with special curated sections devoted to Mono-ha, the Rimpa school, and past Japanese representatives to the Venice Biennale.

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