5.  Small Metal Gods







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Video directed by Hiraki Sawa.

Hiraki Sawa was born in Ishikawa, Japan. He currently lives and works in London. Sawa is best known for films suffused with subtle smatterings of lyrical fabrication, commonly set in his own home. He takes us on fantastic journeys “through domestic interiors that come alive with animated features, oddities of scale, and logical impossibilities: toy airplanes that fly above spotters standing on a kitchen counter; camels that traverse the tattered bindings of an Encyclopedia Britannica.” With Small Metals Gods he revisits the interior air traffic congestion of his first film 'Dwelling' which, whilst somewhat soothing to watch, is not without an underlying sense of unease or anxiety.

Since 2002, Sawa has had solo exhibitions at institutions and museums the world over including Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. He has taken part in numerous group shows and international art festivals including the Lyon Biennial 2003, France, the Yokohama Triennial 2005, Japan, Ars Electronica 2007 in Linz, Austria and Busan Biennial 2008, Korea. He is represented by James Cohan Gallery, New York and Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo.