Miwa Ogasawara: Im Licht at Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg, from October 31, 2014 to May 16, 2015
Miwa Ogasawara was born in Kyoto in 1973 and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg until 2007. The artist already has experienced an amazing international attention. In addition to important exhibitions her work is located in major collections worldwide, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn. In 2013 she was featured in the exhibition The Art of Tomorrow at the National Art Center in Tokyo.
In our last exhibition Miwa Ogasawara worked about saigai (the drama of the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima on the northern island of Japan). During the last years she found a way to include the consequences of these experiences in her work and develop her art of silence. She deepens the skin views by fading the physicality of the body and diffusing empty bowls. They seem to clear away or disappear. The viewer becomes aware how fragile, breakable und loose all the beauty is – an appeal as a refusal to the illusion, nature is submitted by brutal technic, but within art a key step to maturity.
(Based on an abstract by Prof. Fritz W. Kramer “Wartende – Mutmaßungen über ein Bild von Miwa Ogasawara”, 2014)
In addition to her skin views she also shows two large-sized veil, picking up one of her major topics: the motive of curtains.
Along the opening there will be published a catalogue Im Licht with texts (German/English) by Jens Asthoff, art critic, Kenjiro Hosaka, curator of the National museum of modern art in Tokyo, Fritz W. Kramer, ethnologist and professor at the HfbK, as well as Wolfgang Welsch, professor for philoso- phy at the university of Jena.