Hiraki Sawa

b. 1977, Ishikawa, Japan

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Hiraki Sawa, Migration, 2003. installation view No horizon, no edge to liquid, 2020, at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
Hiraki Sawa, Migration, 2003. installation view No horizon, no edge to liquid, 2020, at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch

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Hiraki Sawa is best known for his early, silent animated works Dwelling (2002) and Migration (2003) in which people, vehicles and animals pass through greyscale landscapes filmed in domestic settings. These videos are both banal yet surprising through Sawa’s interventions. Some have called his work hypnagogic – the state of consciousness before one falls asleep, however Sawa argues that he has just changed the viewpoint for reality.