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Watchlist Artist: Kanako Sasaki

Dina Mitrani Gallery is pleased to present Kanako Sasaki: Illuminations (how not to forget) with an artist talk on Thursday April 11th at 7pm. The exhibition, the artist’s second solo show at the gallery, will be on view through May 24th and consists of photographic images as well as a video. During the time that the artist was beginning this recent series, the eastern coast of Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami. These images are a response to the emotional loss that was caused by this natural disaster.

Sasaki’s previous series have primarily explored elements of history and narrative, usually depicting a figure re-enacting a scene or memory from the past. They evoke dream-like atmospheres, bordering between reality and fiction. In her current work, Illuminations, she continues illustrating surreal situations, yet the majority of the images are still lives, void of human figures. They contain symbolic or ritualistic objects, at times floating in a magical suspension above table depicted in most of the images.

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Kanako Sasaki, Safe Zone, 2012 30 x 38 inches, Archival pigment print; Courtesy of the artist and DINA MITRANI GALLERY


More on Kanako Sasaki (b. 1976, Sendai, Japan)

Born in Sendai, Japan, Kanako Sasaki has been traveling and working on projects with lens-base media (photography and video) on-site or in the studio. She earned her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2004. Through storytelling, Sasaki deconstructs history, time and memories by exploring and collaborating her imagination with local tales. Sasaki's works have been exhibited in Japan, Europe and the USA at venues including Gallery 10G in New York and Dina Mitrani gallery in Miami.

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Education: Royal Collage of Art, London UK724, 2006-7.  MFA Photo, video and related media School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 2004. BA Journalism, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 2001.

For further information...(ArtSlant Profile) (Artist's Website) (Galleries: Dina Mitrani GalleryGallery 10G)

(Image on top: Kanako Sasaki, Wish, 2012, Archival pigment print, edition 10, 30 x 40 inches; Courtesy of the artist and DINA MITRANI GALLERY)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 4/25/13

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