Artist : Hiraki Sawa

Artist : Hiraki Sawa

Did I?, 2011 (Video)
an Animate Projects commission supported by James Cohan Gallery, New York © Hiraki Sawa

Hiraki Sawa was born in 1977 in Ishikawa, Japan. He studied at the University of East London before completing an MFA in sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art. He has had solo exhibitions and screenings in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia and has exhibited widely in group exhibitions and international art festivals.

Through film and installation, Hiraki Sawa forms immersive worlds of sound and image. Employing a combination of digital manipulation and hand-made methods of cutting, pasting and photography, his work shifts between worlds of reality and imagination.

As with much of Hiraki Sawa’s work, Did I? (2011) employs strategies of collage and cinematic illusion to transport the viewer into a dreamlike state. A gentle rhythmic flow propels the film through a montage of domestic and supernatural imagery. Nebulous forms emerge and fade through a soft fizz of gloom and light. Escaping the structures of temporality, the film suggests the cycle of time through the delicate movement of shadows, passing clouds and rotating forms.

Presented in collaboration with Asia Triennial Manchester

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