“du désir de voir”, installation view at Atrium Gallery, Pola Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Sep 17, 2022 – Jan 15, 2023. Courtesy of Pola Museum of Art / Photo: Ken Kato.

Hanako Murakami (b. 1984, Tokyo) lives and works in Paris. After receiving her Bachelor of Literature from the University of Tokyo, she received her MA from the Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of New Media. She continued her studies for a year in Belgium with a government scholarship. With a grant from the Pola Art Foundation, she then moved to France, where she joined Le Fresnoy National Studio of Contemporary Art. Many of Hanako Murakami’s previous works were also produced based on her in-depth research of historical media, such as alternative photographic techniques or letterpress printing. Each of these series of works were accompanied by a text written by Murakami and addressing anecdotes from the original days of mechanical reproduction technology and her own experiences. Her works thus produce situations in which truth and fiction and historical fact and contemporary hypothesis are knotted together.

Her major group exhibitions include “From Here to There” Japan Society, New York (2020); “La photographie à l’épreuve de l’abstraction” FRAC Normandie, Rouen (2020); “CRITERIUM 96: Hanako Murakami” Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki (2019); “Arles 2019: New Discovery Award” Ground Control Arles, Arles (2019);”ANTICAMERA (OF THE EYE)”, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo (2016); “The Capital Room: Beyond Three Dimensional Logical Pictures: Hanako Murakami”, Gallery αM, Tokyo (2015); “Panorama 17”, Le Fresnoy, Studio National d’Art Contemporain, Tourcoing (2015); “Practice of Everyday Life”, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori (2011) and “Tokyo Story”, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo (2010).

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