Haruko Sasakawa
Recollection: the Plywood Fish


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Haruko Sasakawa
Recollection: the Plywood Fish

Aug 25 - Sep 17, 2017
11:00-19:00, Closed | Tue, Wed
Venue | Yoshimi Arts



Recollection: Human Torpedo from Haruko Sasakawa on Vimeo.


Yoshimi Arts is pleased to present “Recollection: the Plywood Fish,” a solo exhibition by Haruko Sasakawa.
Haruko Sasakawa has been working with social issues in her work from an interest in how people are influenced by the media. Through her doctoral disseration, “War as seen in media—From War Painting To Video Games,” (2016) and the group exhibition “SENSOU-GA STUDIES (War Painting Studies)” that she organized in December 2015 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, she has closely examined how art and design were utilized as media during war times.
For this exhibition, we will be exhibiting the work she presented for her doctoral assessment at Tokyo Univeristy of the Arts in 2015. Based on her grandfather’s experience and testimony when he was assinged to be part of the suicide squad for the army, she visited the actual spot where her grandfather would have belonged, and consulted various documents to investigate the weapons he had seen. The human torpedo, according to her grandfather, was made of plywood, not iron plates.
The work will be reconstructed for the exhibition.

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I recreated the torpedo with plywood, based on the documents I collected, and my grandfather’s testimony. The torpedo had a periscope attached, through which you can see the photos I collected throughout my journies around the islands . The faint images seen through the periscope might have been what my grandfather himself saw back then. However, all the photos are scenes of the present. It is impossible to fully capture the sights that he had actually seen. 

Haruko Sasakawa


image | representation for this exhibition


solo exhibition "Recollection - Human Torpedo" 2015 (The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts)


Haruko Sasakawa 
1983 Born in Osaka, Japan
2005 Graduated from Department of 3DCG, Digital Hollywood
2009 Tokyo University of the Arts, B.F.A. in Inter Media Art
2011 Tokyo University of the Arts, M.F.A. in Inter Media Art
2016 Tokyo University of the Arts, D.F.A in Inter Media Art
Currently lives and works in Ibaraki, Japan. Assistant at Tokyo University of the Arts
Solo Exhibition
2016 "Grandfather's Pictures" (INO ARTISTS VILLAGE 104/Ibaraki)
2015 "Recollection - Human Torpedo" (The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
  "ROBOTS" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) 

"AD" (ART FAIR TOKYO - Yoshimi Arts/Tokyo International Forum/Tokyo) 

2013 "Study Room no.6221"- Documentation (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
  "Study Room no.6221" (ART OSAKA-Yoshimi Arts/Hotel Granvia Osaka/Osaka)
2012 "For Your Safety M, ltd" (Art LAB OVER THE BORDER/Tokyo)
  "case.D" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
  "case.C" (ART OSAKA-Yoshimi Arts/Hotel Granvia Osaka/Osaka)

"case.A" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)

Group Exhibition
2016 "Material and Form" in a digital age (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) 
2015 "SENSOU-GA STUDIES" (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum/Tokyo)
  "5th Anniversary Festival !!" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) 
2014 "Material and Form" in a digital age (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) 
  "Art Court Frontier #12" (ARTCOURT Gallery/Osaka)
2013 "The shiny future exhibition 2013, THE HUMANISATION" (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
  "Figurative Abstraction" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
  Insight 8 "Figurative" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) 
2012 "Primitive [ in order ]" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
2011 "the Civilization" (Ginza Seiou Gallery/Tokyo)
  "Dessin / Écriture" (SPROUT Curation/Tokyo)
  "floating view2 Topophilia Update" (Shinjuku Ganka Gallery/Tokyo)
  Insight "Repetition II" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
  Insight "Repetition" (ART OSAKA - Yoshimi Arts/Hotel Granvia Osaka/Osaka)
  "Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2011" (Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery/Tokyo)
  "floating view - new artists from suburbia"  (Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo/Tokyo)

"The shiny future exhibition 2010, The Globalization By Haruko Sasakawa×BARBARA

  DARLINg" (Tokyo University of the Arts/Tokyo)
2009 "No Man’s Land MEMENTO VIVERE/MEMENTO PHANTASMA" (French Embassy's Previous

offices before their Destruction/Tokyo)

2008 "SOUND & VISION vol.3"  (ZAIM/Kanagawa)
2007 "HIGURE 5th Anniversary Exhibition"  (HIGURE 17-15 cas/Tokyo)
2015 Japan Arts Scholarship, Japan Arts Foundation
2011 M.M Prize (on website "artscape")
2010 Murata Makoto Prize (on website "artscape")
2007 Ataka Prize, Tokyo University of the Arts
Japigozzi Collection