Hiraki Sawa – dwelling / home, 2017

<p></p> <p><strong><em>dwelling/ home</em></strong> can be seen as a companion piece to <em>dwelling</em> (2002), the work that first brought Hiraki Sawa to wide attention when it won the EAST International Award. Sawa explains:</p> <p></p> <p>'I made the original&nbsp;<em>dwelling&nbsp;</em>in 2002, shooting in my flat in London. I didn’t like leaving my flat, at the time. I just stayed in my room for days, because I felt safe there. It was my world, my living space, it was intimate. I imagined all the rooms in my flat as different continents, and travelled through those places. The internal walls became borders and horizons, which my toy planes would cross and head towards.&nbsp;In 2017, my parents sold the home I grew up in. Since moving to England, I had always thought my home was in Japan, the place I would also go back to. I moved flats many times in the UK, but that house was the one place that didn't change. It was somewhere certain, safe, unchanging. So when my parents told me about their plan to sell up, it felt like I was losing my place, in time and space. So I decided to keep my memories within my work.'</p> <p></p> <p>Editions of the original <em>dwelling</em>&nbsp;are now held in prestigious International&nbsp;museum collections including the Arts Council Collection, London, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Detroit Institute of Arts and The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, where it is a perennial audience favourite.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>–</p> <p></p> <p>Hiraki Sawa (born 1977, Ishikawa, Japan) received his BFA from the University of East London and his MFA from the Slade School of Art at University College, London. Sawa’s work has been the subject of many solo exhibitions internationally, including the ICA,London, Dundee Contemporary Arts, the Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Chisenhale Gallery, London, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Saint Louis Art Museum,Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie et Musée du Temps de Besançon with Le Consortium, Dijon.</p> <p> </p> <p></p> <p>Hiraki Sawa’s works are included in many important 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.</p>