sculptor artist, Hiroko Inoue has been actively produced her interdisciplinary
works both in Japan and abroad.
This, "Inside-Out", is particularly a photographic series
of works she has continuously, over 10 years, photographed with a
motif of "window" of isolated and locked up places such
as a mental hospital and a concentrate camp.
Prompted by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Erthquake, which seriously destroyed
everyday lives of the inhabitants, including the artist herself, and
deeply traumatized them in many ways, she started taking photographs
with the motif.
This theme then brought her visit all over the world, from Germany,
Austria, to Yemen and Alaska, where she saw many people seriously
damaged seriously both mentally and physically.
Lifeless iron-bars, ceiling and walls of ruins-like buildings, bedclothes
which still keep the warmth of a person...
Facing with such closed silent spaces, conversely, we are really made
to realize that hopes can be found in the relationships of people.
Through the windows represented in her works , although any human
figures are never appeared, this "absence" would rather
let us strongly sense the existence of life.
The viewpoint of Inoue, in whom photographs the influence of her deeply
rooted experiences are reflected, the signs of life around the windows,
and eyes of us - the viewers of works - each of those emotions cross
on the works "Inside-Out" and make you think that we are
living through the chains of relationship, even in this era of confusion.