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THEME #17

LIFE

Winners

2020NOV

SHORT LIST

Statement

Holding hands in the water with eyes closed

Looking at a human being feels like looking out into the vast ocean. Body language is not always consistent or logical, is fluid and is sometimes even contradictory. Here, we open our ears wide to listen to this poetic language.

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Hirotsugu Horii

Born in Shizuoka, lives in Kyoto. Graduated from the Art and Architecture School of Waseda University. Focusing on the themes of body and gender, I search for the states of interaction amongst people who have different lives in reality. My main exhibition works are ‘The Invisible River’ (Former Junpu Elementary School, 2019), ‘Return everything to the ocean, then pour it down as rain’ (FOIL GALLERY, 2015). In 2013, I was awarded the Grand Prix at the Portfolio Audition of the Higashigawa International Photo Festival.

Jury selection

Much like artist Robbert FLICK, Hirotsugu HORII utilizes the grid to great effect in this sequence of images, which underscore the importance of our physical connections as they represent two hands reaching for each other, clasping, and breaking apart. This simple study of form and movement between two bodies feels especially resonant now, when human touch and interaction is severely limited.

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THEME #17 LIFE

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