Takahiro Iwasaki at the Japan Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2017


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Takahiro Iwasaki at the Japan Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2017
Takahiro Iwasaki at the Japan Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2017

The works created by the artist Takahiro Iwasaki, who will represent Japan at the 57th Venice Biennale.
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With Upside-Down Forest, the Hiroshima-born artist Takahiro Iwasaki (1975) will be showing a selection of works which addresses the nature of Venice as a city built upon wooden stakes as well as the design of the iconic Itsukushima Shrine. Iwasaki often uses everyday objects that are found around us as materials for his works. These include items that are regarded as garbage, such as dust cloth and hair. By overlaying another image onto these to create a figurative representation, he gives meaning to things that are seemingly chaotic. For example, he makes a stack of dust cloths look like the mountains of nature, and books appear like buildings. Experiencing a change in the way we perceive things brings enjoyment to the viewer. Iwasaki’s work is also characterized by his fine handiwork. He creates cranes and steel towers from the threads pulled out from dust cloths or the bookmark strings attached to books. The delicacy of his work surprises the onlooker, and attracts them to draw closer to examine the piece. Iwasaki’s works, characterized by his use of everyday objects, the technique of creating a figurative representation, and fine handiwork, could also be described as “Japanese.”
Born in Hiroshima in 1975, and still based in his hometown, Iwasaki was proposed by Meruro Washida, who will be the curator of the Japan Pavilion. • In 2015, Iwasaki’s work was featured at the Asia Society in New York, and he has had solo exhibitions at the Kurobe City Art Museum and the Oyama City Art Museum.
He has also participated in international exhibitions including the 10th Lyon Biennale (2009), Yokohama Triennale (2011), 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2012), 2013 Asian Art Biennial (National Taiwan Museum of the Arts).
He received his PhD in art from the Graduate School of Arts, Hiroshima City University, and completed the MFA program at the Edinburgh College of Art. Author Meruro Washida, curator of the Japan Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia, is a curator at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa.
Venice, 57th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia 13 May – 26 November 2017
Dimensions21 x 28cm
Colour illustrations60
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