Hiroharu Mori is Detached from the Outside World

Hiroharu Mori

Exhibition Dates
16 March - 14 April 2007

Having returned home to Japan after years of living abroad, Hiroharu Mori often confesses to feeling like a stranger in his native country without ever really having adjusted to being anywhere else. 

Overview

Having returned home to Japan after years of living abroad, Hiroharu Mori often confesses to feeling like a stranger in his native country without ever really having adjusted to being anywhere else. He is the perpetual traveller, through life as much as the world, rootless and detached, but with a keen critical eye, a marked sense of economy and a healthy taste for the absurd.

 

Through video, installation and public interventions, Mori explores slippages in translation, questions of identity, and the tensions and contradictions of everyday life. If he even goes so far as to call the role of culture into question, Mori never loses sight of its capacity for poetry and play.

 

For his first exhibition in Australia, Mori presented a selection of recent works centering on Cheering for Art, his attempt to boost the Japanese contemporary art scene with the help of the cheerleading squad from Tokyo's Sophia University.

Hiroharu Mori, 'Hiroharu Mori is Detached from the Outside World', installation view, Artspace, Sydney, 2007