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Hiraki Sawa: ‘Dwelling’ (2002) extract 8th June 2020


#Tellmethestory Arts Council Collection

Hiraki Sawa, ‘Dwelling’ (2002), extract. © the artist. 

This artwork was chosen by women of Colchester to feature in Firstsite’s Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition, ‘Tell me the story of all these things’.

Hiraki Sawa’s videos explore psychological landscapes, unexpected worlds and the interweaving of domestic and imaginary spaces. ‘Dwelling’ was made while he was still in graduate school.

The aeroplanes shown in the film have been miniaturised to the extent that the size of an average house provides enough airspace, reminding us that this is the way we normally experience planes, as miniature specks in the distance.

Reflecting upon the work, members of the group commented:

“…seems to me both funny and sad as it seems to show a huge degree of loneliness, in that he had time alone in his very empty flat to make this film and yet it is so clever the way the planes tilt as they take off and land. “

This artwork is featured as part of the exhibition, ‘Tell be the story of all these things‘. The exhibition title is inspired by Rehana Zaman’s 2016 film Tell me the story of all these things (included in the exhibition), which revolves around a conversation between the artist and her two sisters as they prepare a meal. Find out more about the exhibition.