Hiraki Sawa – Man in Camera, 2015-16

<p><em>Man in Camera </em>combines uncanny domestic interiors with Sawa's exquisite hand drawn animations.&nbsp;Sawa describes it&nbsp;as a self-portrait. He says:</p> <p>‘I was looking out through a hole, from inside of a box. The box as an idea of shelter or boundary, an intimate place of safety, but also as an idea of being trapped – I felt depressed; I needed to save myself. This work was also inspired by Box Man by Kobo Abe. This book talks about looking outside, without being seen. Also, the structure / chapters are constructed as fragments, short stories. The setting changes with each story, and together they build up a single surreal narrative. I wanted to apply it to my visual work.’</p> <p></p> <p>A recurrent motif is the ladder, a powerful symbol of both ascent and escape. Yet within the enclosed domestic landscape of Sawa’s work, the ladders lead nowhere, and the figures that climb them are engaged in hermetic, repetitive, Sisyphean movement, trapped in endless loops. The work is a compelling vision of interiority.</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>