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Hiraki Sawa | Absent

October 1, 2021 - January 9, 2022

This solo exhibition presents the internationally acclaimed video artist Hiraki Sawa’s most recent single-channel video, Absent (2018). Absent (running time 4:27 minutes) presents an intimate, imaginative space populated by a fantastic parade of surreal creatures—a walking tea kettle, a dancing cup, a flying spoon—all of them traveling between grand and intimate landscapes.

Hiraki Sawa (born 1977, Ishikawa, Japan) received a BFA from the University of East London and an MFA from the Slade School of Art at University College, London.  His work has been featured in exhibitions at Mori Art Gallery (Tokyo),  National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), and the Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville). Hiraki Sawa lives and works in London.

Hiraki Sawa |Absent is made possible in part by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The exhibition is curated by CMCA’s Executive Director & Chief Curator, Timothy Peterson.


A special thank you to Hannah Berta and Elijah Ober for their installation expertise in making this exhibition possible.

Header Image: Still from Absent (2018). Digital single channel video. 4:37 mins
Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York.


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