Lives and Works: New York
Noritoshi Hirakawa originally studied Applied Sociology and works today with photography, film, installation and performance. His works have been described as erotic, intimate and challenge mainstream views of sexuality as well the assumption that male desire is inherently exploitative, objectifying and oppressive towards women. The artist believes that human activities forms the culture in which we live today and proposes to push the boundaries of perception in order to expand the culture. In particular, he identifies the camera as “a very good excuse to connect men’s and women’s desires.”
Hirakawa’s work has been exhibited over 300 times, including at the Venice Biennale; Istanbul Biennale; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Centre Pompidou; MoMA PS1; Kunsthalle Wien; Christophe Guye Gallerie, Zurich and Taka Ishii Gallery, Kyoto. His wroks are among the public collections at: Museum fur Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (Germang); capcMusée d’art contemporain (Bordeaux, France); Yokohama Museum of Art (Japan); Foundazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Per L’Art (Torino, Italy); Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst (Ghent, Belgium); FRAC des Pays de la Loire (Nante, France); FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon (Montpellier, France); Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Japan); Museum fur Gegenwartskunst (Zurich, Switaerland); Fonds minicipal d’art contemporain (Geneva, Switzerland); Centre Pompidou (Paris, France); Hauser & Wirth Museum (St. Gallen, Switzerland); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (Switzerland); MoCA Los Angeles (U.S.A.); Fotomuseum Winterthur (Winterthur, Germany); Museum der Bildenden Künste (Leipzig, Germang); Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart (Berlin, Germany); NOMAS Foundation (Roma, Italy). The artist has also collaborated with poets, musicians, choreographers and architects and presented his work at Das TAT, Frankfurt; Danse Montpellier; and Fondation Cartier, Paris.
About The Casa Barragán series:
The Casa Barragán series consists of approximately 31 black and white photographs of the unión de… project, which was presented at the Luis Barragán House and Studio, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Mexico City.
unión de…”(which means human and space), associate each other to be as part of their modes of life as union, in all aspects. If the need or value from the phenomena an architect believes in is adjustable or takes into consideration of human(s), then the architecture can probably be meaningful to exist. At the same time, Hirakawa believes it will be very important to project the spaces of architecture from the point of view of the union in the art project. And then it will make possible to create a completion of the architecture by presenting mental sensations for indicating the assumption of the architect in the images. So, his proposal for the art project “unión de…” is not to make the assumption as the architecture, but the architecture as a part of the assumption of union with human(s) through Casa Barragán in Mexico City.
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