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Hanae Utamura 

born 1980, Takahagi, Ibaraki, Japan, currently based in Berlin, Germany 


​​Hanae Utamura combines 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.

Her latest project, Holiday at War identifies leisure as an organized period of time, investigating it against the conflicting relationship of autonomy and heteronomy. 

In contrast to romantic notions of sea and relaxation, Utamura provocatively relates aspects of recreation to the machinery of work and war, critically questioning today’s industrial society and striving for efficiency via an historical perspective. Free time thus becomes a productive component of an increasingly achievement-oriented society, which Utamura reveals as a complex ideological construction, closely linked to the labour economy.

Description of work at HB LAB: 

Between Walls and Windows

An installation in a space half-divided between studio and room, Between Windows/Walls explores the idea of inside/outside, private/public, living/ working, visible/invisible, night/day, and the passage of time.

Double glazed glass windows are common in
old buildings but disappearing through the
transformation of new buildings. Layering the history
of the city and my temporal living/working in this building, the installation is an attempt to trace and preserve those invisible history of action happened around the windows and walls as 3D painting.
Invisible history of million times gaze over the window, rain, snow, wind, as well as the reflection of light and shadow through the window onto the wall, the wall surface, the bone structure inside the wall will be brought into presence through the artist’s living and working within the building. 

​Letter Home:


Home in the Air

Pause from the Ground

Death in the Land

Paint through his Death

Thinking about Space.
Thinking about Monochrome.
Thinking about Painting.

How Object carries 
Information and fall out.

Model, Makeshift, Light 

State of Between​