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TAKAYUKI HARA - A SHAPESHIFTING WORLD

Posted by: Unit24 Gallery

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TAKAYUKI HARA - A SHAPESHIFTING WORLD

TAKAYUKI HARA - A SHAPESHIFTING WORLD

TAKAYUKI HARA

A SHAPESHIFTING WORLD

22 February -14 March 2013

PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday, 21 February, 7 - 9PM

Artist talk with Professor Timon Screech: Saturday, 23 February, 5PM


'A Shapeshifting World' - Takayuki Hara's solo exhibition at Unit24 Gallery - is a collective display of Hara's three-year project 'Shapeshifters'. Inspired by Ovid's Metamorphosis, Hara started his project in 2009; he created a series of drawings and sculptures based on the idea of our ever-changing and fluid identity.

This exhibition contains three main themes inherited from the project - 'Shapeshifters':

1. Inside Out/Outside In (Shapeshifting Bodies):

This is the first series of work that emerged from the project, focusing on inside of us, what we have internally -organs. Hara focused on the idea of bodies being the borderline of our society, where we are merely aware of what we are outside rather than inside: our equal organs. Inspired by the writings of Japanese philosopher Yutaka Haniwa and Dostoevsky,on idea of ghosts, this is an attempt to seek a new existence not to be restricted by the idea of identity what we believe it should be.

2. Do Animals Dream of Shapeshifting? (Shapeshifting Animals):

With this theme, Hara explored the world where animal instinct dominates. He was fascinated by the idea of Animal/Human relationship, and what differentiates the line between humans and animals. He was interested in Freud's idea of Ego, Id and Superego for this project, the series of seemingly peaceful drawings provoke the idea of what determines our identity.

3. We All See What We Cannot See (Shapeshifting Nature):

This is the final theme of the project. Hara was fascinated by the idea of ever changing nature without us being aware of it. He travels through macro/micro world of nature in his drawings, with a strong reference to myths and fairy tales, in which he believes that the nature defines embraces the differences, rather than treating them unequally. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's idea of identity plays as a huge influence for this project.

This exhibition is accompanied by an artist talk with Professor Timon Screech from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London ("SOAS").

Takayuki Hara was born in Tokyo,Japan. He has studied Creative Writing/Japanese Literature at Hosei University in Tokyo, and BA (hons) and MA in Fine Art from City and Guilds of London Art School. His works are included in private collections throughout UK, France, Germany, Poland, and USA, also Greta Sarfarty Collection, and Cythia Corbett Collection, etc. Hara lives and works in London, UK.

'A Shapeshifting World' is part of 'Japan400' -an international celebration of the 400th anniversary of Japan-Britain relations with a series of cultural events planned in Japan and the U.K. throughout the year. To find out more about Japan400, please visit: www.japan400.com


UNIT24 GALLERY
20 Great Guildford Street
London, UK SE1 0FD
www.unit24.info

Location

20 Great Guildford Street

London, London SE1 0FD

Date

February 21st, 2013 - Thursday

19:00PM - 21:00PM

February 22nd, 2013 - Friday

8:00AM - 19:00PM

February 23rd, 2013 - Saturday

10:00PM - 19:00PM

February 25th, 2013 - Monday

8:00AM - 18:00PM

February 26th, 2013 - Tuesday

8:00AM - 18:00PM

February 27th, 2013 - Wednesday

8:00AM - 18:00PM

February 28th, 2013 - Thursday

8:00AM - 18:30PM

March 1st, 2013 - Friday

8:00AM - 19:00PM

March 2nd, 2013 - Saturday

10:00AM - 15:00PM

March 4th, 2013 - Monday

8:00AM - 18:00PM

March 5th, 2013 - Tuesday

8:00AM - 18:00PM

March 6th, 2013 - Wednesday

8:00AM - 18:00PM

March 7th, 2013 - Thursday

8:00AM - 18:30PM

March 8th, 2013 - Friday

8:00AM - 19:00PM

March 9th, 2013 - Saturday

10:00AM - 15:00PM

March 11th, 2013 - Monday

8:00AM - 18:00PM

March 12th, 2013 - Tuesday

8:00AM - 18:00PM

March 13th, 2013 - Wednesday

8:00AM - 18:00PM

March 14th, 2013 - Thursday

8:00AM - 18:30PM

Registration Information

Registration is NOT Required

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