In Saitama where I am based in, there has been a house construction rush in the recent years, and real estate agencies' web sites now contain numerous photos of these newly built homes. In this work, I printed out such photographs provided by real estate agencies using a home printer, cut, and folded them into simple house models. Then, I took them to the house in question and photographed them using an iPhone.
If we define a house as that which becomes a house with people living there, all of the buildings I photographed were still prior to anyone taking up residence in them, so they were architectural objects in the "shape" of a house.
Given the above, to what extent did these differ from the models I created using the real estate agencies' photographs? As a side note, I left the models in front of the buildings after taking these photos.
Born in 1984 in Tokyo.
2020 Graduate master’s degree Musashino Art University (Architecture).
From his love and hate for the sceneries and architectures around us, he creates works based on the uncertainty of the existence of floors and walls which are meant to function as supports.
His methods also include moving images, photographs, 3D, space, and text. He has participated in group shows such as "The Department Store No.1", the collaboration with Open Circuit (elephant space/Seoul, Korea), solo exhibition "Kazaana a.k.a.VOID" (Arai Associates/Tokyo).
Ohta Haruka with this series of home cut-outs manages to create images that are at once a social commentary on gentrification and the notion of "home" while delivering a visually original set of still lives. There is something creepy and alienating about the subject that is well capture by Haruka's photos.