Hiroko Inoue

mori / inside-out

6 – 23 October 2011

Traumatized by the Hanshin-Awaji earthquake in Kobe in 1995 and shaken again by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, the focus of her artistic work has changed in recent years. The central questions are: What are the consequences of social and environmental factors? How do we see ourselves in relation to others? Where are the invisible boundaries between individuals? 

Hiroko Inoue is a photographer but the spectrum of her artistic forms of expression extends far beyond photography. By means of painting, video, public art sculpture, video works, sculptural light boxes and walk-in photo sculptures, she stages places of reflection. In the process, the viewer's gaze is drawn to a world of inner reality, towards stories we tend to close our eyes to. 

For Inoue, culture, art, life, food and speech represent a unity. This is taken into account in the extensive program accompanying the exhibition. For the first time, the Kunstverein is cooperating with Projektraum Fotografie Dortmund, founded in 2010. 

Born in Osaka, artist Hiroko Inoue studied at the Okinawa Cultural Anthropology Institute in Japan. She has lived, worked and commuted between Germany and her home country for numerous years and has been involved in numerous exhibition projects in both countries. In 2005, Hiroko Inoue went to Vienna for a year on behalf of the Japanese government as a ‘special advisor for cultural exchange’.


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