GALLERY is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Hiroko
Inoue "Inside-Out", from 3rd April - 25th April,
2009 at FOIL GALLERY.
The scenes in "Inside-Out" are telling us that
they are not those of special stories from some remote
exotic land, but that they are scenes from the daily lives
of you and me. By turning our heart "Inside-Out",
what do we see? This photographs are urging the critical
indwelling spirit to "Wake up!".
Reiko Kokatsu / Chief Curator, Tochigi Prefectural Museum
of Fine Arts
A 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
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
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.
The views, one from inside of the room through a camera
of the artist, one from the outside separated by the window,
and another of us- the viewers of this work- are crossed
on this exhibition "Inside-Out". During the
period, we'll be showing about 20 photography and light
box works. Same titled first photo book of the artist
will be also published.
Expected Price: 2500 yen (tax excluded)
Design: Yoshinori Ochiai
Texts: Reiko Kokatsu
88 Pages / 20.2 x 26.5 cm / Soft Cover
ISBN 978-4-902943-42-8 C0072
Hiroko Inoue Photo Exhibition "Inside-Out"
at FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo
3rd April (Fri) - 25th April (Sat) 2009
12:00 - 19:00 Closed on Sunday
Opening Reception: 3rd April (Fri) 18:30 - 20:30