IWASAKI Takahiro

  • Born 1975 in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Based in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Photo: Nozomi Tomoeda

Iwasaki Takahiro studied under the Faculty of Arts at Hiroshima City University. He mainly produces three-dimensional work and installations, creating intricate landscapes out of everyday objects including toothbrushes, towels, ribbon bookmarks attached to paperbacks, and duct tape. The appeal of his work lies in the instant cognitive leaps that accompany shifts in scale. For example, Iwasaki built tower cranes using the bookmark strings that come attached to paperback books: when the viewer comes closer and notices the cranes perched atop the pages, what had appeared at a distance to be books suddenly take on the appearance of buildings under construction. Born and raised in Hiroshima, the artist has always been aware of how this major city was instantly destroyed by the force of microscopic atoms. The characteristic way in which a small manipulation instantly and completely changes the viewer’s perspective originates in this history of Hiroshima as a place.

Selected Works

2017
57th Venice Biennial, Japan Pavilion, Venice, Italy
2015
Takahiro Iwasaki: In Focus, Asia Society, NewYork, USA
2012
7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia
2011
Yokohama Triennale 2011, OUR MAGIC HOUR ーHow Much of the World Can We Know?ー, Kanagawa, Japan
2009
La 10e Biennale de Lyon, The Spectacle of the Everyday, Lyon, France
  • A Large Sea of an Old House of the Peninsula of the Small Sea, 2017
  • Suzu 2017: Okunoto Triennale, Ishikawa, Japan
  • Photo: Keizo Kioku