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Takt Talk with Hanae Utamura

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Takt Academy is very happy to present Hanae Utamura

Artist statement:

‘What is the construction of experience today and how do we form our world from images and information?” questions Hanae Utamura, a Japanese artist who calls upon history, time and process as medium to find and trace the boundary between thought and place. Her works investigate a dialog of negotiation – between artist and environment, intentions and conditions – all of which play into the final outcome in a manner not unlike that of life itself.’

– Rebecca Vickers

Hanae Utamura works with diverse range of media: performance, video, sound, text, found object and site specific installation. She examined the acceleration of the working world in earlier pieces such as the Secret Performance Series (2009 – 2013), now Utamura is focusing on the interrelation of work and leisure. In her last project ‘Holiday at War’, Hanae Utamura combined a wide range of image and text material with light projections and object arrangements to create a complex spatial installation, in which she visualizes the transformation processes of historical time-places as the specific site of socio-political constructs. She transposes surfaces such as geographical, architectural surfaces to object’s surfaces. Then she applies specific action on them that unfolds a history, ideology and memory of the place. In its process, the work takes to a site of abstraction where she considers it as a site of possibilities and alternatives can be re-imagined.


Hanae Utamura has completed a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College (2004) and master’s degree in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design (2010) in London. Hanae was a resident artist in Künstlerhaus Bethanien until last March with a grant support from Pola Art Foundation in Japan. In 2014, she was a visual art fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, where she organized site specific video performance exhibition titled ‘Across the Grid’.

Selected exhibitions:


‘L’intru (Invaders)’ Lage Egal, Berlin

‘Holiday at War’ Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin


‘AS_pedia Project Vol. 1’ Gallery Purple, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

‘Kameradschaft Zollverein’ Atelier Exceptionnel, PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany

‘Relational Geographies’, UAL Showroom, London


“Across the Grid”, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany

‘Super Romantics’, Daegu Art Factory, Daegu, South Korea

‘From Here to Eternity’, Gallery FACTORY, Seoul, South Korea


“Tightrope”, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London

“TOPFLOOR/TOPOS”, Dordtyart, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

“Seoul Seoul Seoul”, National Art Studio Changdong, NMCA, UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary for Artists Programme, Seoul


“FT Summer Exhibition 2012”, Florence Trust, Axis/Florence Trust Award, London

“ONSITE 2012”, CoExist Gallery, Southend, United Kingdom


“Chute” Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, Japan

“SV10: Members’ Show”, Studio Voltaire, London




Takt Academy at Kunstraum Tapir | Weserstr. 11 | 10247 Berlin-F’hain


Wednesday, June 22, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:


Takt Berlin | Leipzig


Takt Academy at Kunstraum Tapir
Neue Hochstraße
Berlin-Wedding, 13347
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