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Takahiro Iwasaki Biography

Takahiro Iwasaki sculpts miniature landscapes from unexpected materials. Bath towels, electrical tape, toothbrushes and human hair transform from the mundane to the extraordinary. Drawing on Japan's industrial history, Iwasaki recreates factories, ferris wheels and radio towers that present a snapshot of a bygone era. Far from being glamourous monuments, Iwasaki's sculptures are melancholy, recalling the late trauma of warfare, and more recent natural disasters in Japan that have left a psychological imapact on contemporary audiences.

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Born in Hiroshima, Iwasaki recieved an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art, and a Ph.D. from Hiroshima City University. In 2010, his Structural Phase Transition Model was exhibited at Art 41 Basel. Iwasaki has also exhibited extensively in Scotland, Germany, China and Japan. His works are held in public collection internationally including at the Yokohama Museum of Art. the Mori Art Museum, the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane.

Takahiro Iwasaki In Ocula Magazine

Takahiro Iwasaki Ocula Conversation Takahiro Iwasaki By Laura Thomson, Tokyo

Takahiro Iwasaki is a leading figure in Japan’s new generation of artists. Born in Hiroshima, he received an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art, and a Ph.D. from Hiroshima City University. Well known for his meticulous recreations of important Japanese monuments and other more commonplace buildings, Iwasaki works in two distinct...

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Takahiro Iwasaki In Related Press

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Takahiro Iwasaki, “Turned Upside Down, It’s a Forest” Related Press Takahiro Iwasaki, “Turned Upside Down, It’s a Forest” 25 July 2017, Inexhibit

The Japanese pavilion at the 57th Venice Art Biennale presents a solo exhibition of artist Takahiro Iwasaki (b. 1975, Hiroshima). Iwasaki is renowned for its works, though which he transforms apparently banal materials and residual object into surprising sculptures, meticulously conceived and built. Overall, the work of the Japanese artist is...

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Venice Biennale 2017: the top ten pavilions, from colossal sculptures to dystopian visions Related Press Venice Biennale 2017: the top ten pavilions, from colossal sculptures to dystopian visions 1 June 2017, Wallpaper*

There is no escaping life's big themes—the migration crisis, identity politics, populism, an uncertain future—at this year's Venice Biennale. This, the 57th edition, is curated by the Pompidou Centre's Christine Macel, under the title 'Long Live Art', and most countries have used their pavilions to remind us that the world needs our...

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11 national pavilions and exhibition to see at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 Related Press 11 national pavilions and exhibition to see at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 23 May 2017, Art Radar Journal

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play — United Arab Emirates Curated by Hammad Nasar, commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and supported by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the exhibition features existing, new commissions and re-fabrications of 'lost' works by five UAE-based artists. The...

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Giardini Pavilion Highlights from the 57th Venice Biennale Related Press Giardini Pavilion Highlights from the 57th Venice Biennale 11 May 2017, Whitewall

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...

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