Nami Hirao

On the theme of "awareness" of nonordinariness in ordinary life, I produce installations that appeal to body sensations and the states of mind beyond visual sensation. I emphasize constantly changing objects, actions, processes, times, and places. Giving respect to a sense of awe of and faith in the invisibles in natural phenomenon and a distinctive Japanese sense of "ma" (betweenness), I search boundaries between self and others or environments, the states of space surrounding one's body, and the value and existence of the invisibles. I conceive the boundaries as skins or clothes. Recently I exhibited a series "Uncertain Surface", which, using mirrors, reflects the viewers and offers an opportunity to look at themselves differently. Besides, I put strength into providing the products having the theme of experiencing something through one's body with a long duration in daily life.

1983 Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
2003 Graduated from Joshibi Junior College of Art and Design, Department of Textile
2007 Graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Specialized in Fashion and Performance (MA)
2011 Graduated from Tokyo Photography School
2017- Part time lecturer at Joshibi University of Art and Design, Fashion and Textile

[SOLO EXHIBITIONS]
2019 "I am here”, Itsukushi, Tokyo
   "one day”, Totodo, Tokyo
2018 "sleep" at S, Tokyo
   "one day" at FLOWER COFFEE / BREW BAR, Kanagawa Prefecture
2017 "one day" at kiik and kitoit, Tokyo
   Nidi gallery planning "Skin expansion" at Nidi Gallery, Tokyo
2015 “MIRRORS” at Gallery Hasu no hana, Tokyo
   “Planned chaos -Mobile Exhibition-” at a small shop, Tokyo
2014 “See oneself”, at castor, Tokyo
   “Uncertain Surface”, at a small shop, Tokyo

[GROUP EXHIBITIONS/COLLABORATION]
2022 "Book of the first day of the month”, CANDLE CAFE △Ⅱ, Tokyo
2021 "Selected Book Project Exhibition What is there”, Nohongi, Fukuoka
2019 "process project”, Chigasaki City Museum of Art, Kanagawa
   "process project”, FLOWER COFFEE / BREW BAR, Kanagawa
2018 "DOOKS Book Exhibition Vol.5”, Bananafish Gallery, Shanghai
   "DOOKS POP UP OFFICE & SHOP" Shibuya Hikarie aiiima2, Tokyo
   "Lemon water-Two people exhibition by Yoyei Goto and Nami Hirao" at design labo necco sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
2017 "Jens 17-18 AW REPREVIEW" at CIY(Choice is yours)in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture
   "DOOKS Book Exhibition Vol.4" at Shimokitazawa Generations in Taipei City, Taiwan
   "SICF18" at spiral, Tokyo
   "Jens PREVIEW|17-18AW & Nami Hirao EXHIBITION" at PANTALOON, Osaka Prefecture
   "Jens PREVIEW|17-18AW & Nami Hirao EXHIBITION" at (PLACE) by method, Tokyo
   "She stared at her reflection in the mirror." at Gallery mu-an, Niigata Prefecture
2016 "POP-UP TEXTILE exhibition - CONCEPTUAL CLOTHING 7.7 vol.6-" at Transparent park, Taiwan
   "Jens|PREVIEW|17SS " at Bijuu Gallery, Kyoto
   "POP-UP TEXTILE exhibition - CONCEPTUAL CLOTHING 7.7 vol.6-" at CYCU Shibuya, Tokyo
   "Jens|PREVIEW|17SS " at (PLACE) by method, Tokyo
   "DOOKS Book Exhibition Vol.3" at C7C in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
   “Artist brooch Exhibition" at Gallery Hasu no hana, Tokyo
2015 “DOOKS Book Exhibition Vol.2” at prinz, Kyoto
2014 “SOKOFUKUKAZE Photo exhibition -Hiroyo Kitao's Shintai-Goto(performance) collaboration series-”, at Kissa-Sakaiki, Tokyo
   “DOOKS Book Exhibition Vol.1” at FORT by PORT, Tokyo
   “SOKOFUKUKAZE: -Special Edition- #1 Collaboration of Hiroyo Kitao’s Shintai-Goto(Dance Performance)& Nami Hirao’s Photograph act” at Sakaiki, Tokyo
   “July 7 Exhibition” at PROMO ARTE PROJECT GALLERY, Tokyo
   “Let’s Pink! 4” at gallery rougheryet, Okinawa Prefecture
2013 “Design Exhibition of gathering and celebration” at Lifestyle Design Center, Tokyo
   “Chiyoda Art Festival 2013/salon des artistes independants” at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
   “Nakanojo Biennale 2013” Gunma Prefecture
   “July 7 Exhibition” at PROMO ARTE PROJECT GALLERY, Tokyo
   “PHOTO FAIR EINSTEIN” at TURNER Gallery, Tokyo
2011 “July 7 Exhibition” at Sembikiya Gallery, Tokyo
   “2011214” at Gallery Kingyo, Tokyo
   “WakuWaku Shibuya” at tokyo wonder site shibuya, Tokyo
   “The 3rd Pursuit-of-an-Alley Tea Party” at RAFT, Tokyo
2010 “Photo Graph” at Higashi-Nakano Toho-ichi, Tokyo
   “Let’s Pink! 3” at Womb Lounge, Tokyo
   “Let’s Pink! 2” at Womb Lounge, Tokyo
   “The 2nd Pursuit-of-an-Alley Tea Party” at RAFT, Tokyo
2009 “The 1st Pursuit-of-an-Alley Tea Party” at RAFT, Tokyo
   “Irregularity in Universal Gravitation” at Higashi-Nakano Toho-ichi, Tokyo
   “Gallery Kingyo Small Goods Exhibition” at Gallery Kingyo, Tokyo
   “Jiji New Creators Exhibition” at Turner Gallery, Tokyo
2008 “No Program 2” at Turner Gallery, Tokyo
   “Gallery Kingyo Small Goods Exhibition” at Gallery Kingyo, Tokyo
   “GEISAI #11” at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo
   “Fine-Arts Exhibition Supported by Citizens of Yokohama” at Landmark Hall, Kanagawa Prefecture
2007 “Art Kawasaki 2007” at THINK, Kanagawa Prefecture
   “Rue 2007 Installation Event” at Ebisu site, Tokyo
   “Body ~ Space: KaradaKaraKara” at Gallery Kingyo, Tokyo
2006 “Memory of Water: Repetition and Reproduction Project ― Higuma Haruo Workshop” at Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Niigata Prefecture
   “ZAWAZAWA BOX” at Peace Gallery, Tokyo

[EVENTS]
2022 "NEMURU KYOTO BOOKFAIR”, KéFU stay & lounge, Kyoto
2018 "STORE Exhibition of Living (From a small shop)" JR Nagoya Takashimaya (Nagoya)
2017 "THE TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR" Tokyo
   "vitt hus" at URAWA PARCO, Saitama Prefecture
   "DOOKS POP UP SHOP" at ON READING in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
   "DOOKS POP UP SHOP" at FALL, Tokyo
2016 "SUR PLUS STORE", at Hikarie 8/ aiiima 1・2, Tokyo
   "Monologue of the skirt girl/DOOKS POP UP SHOP ", at FORT by PORT, Tokyo
   "2 to 3/DOOKS POP UP SHOP", at kitoit, Tokyo
   "8TH UNLIMITED EDITION SEOUL ART BOOK FAIR 2016" in Seoul, Korea
   "REPHOTOGRAPH /DOOKS POP UP SHOP", at BOOKS f3, Niigata Prefecture
   "SIDE BY SIDE/DOOKS POP UP SHOP", at FORT by PORT, Tokyo
   "THE TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR" Tokyo
   "SUR PLUS STORE", at NAKAMEGURO, Tokyo
   "Printed by asaru/DOOKS POP UP SHOP" at Knot Gallery, Tokyo
   "DOOKS POP UP SHOP", at Seikosha, Kyoto
   "Nothing 2/DOOKS POP UP SHOP", at Books & Gallery POPOTAME, Tokyo
   "DOOKS POP UP SHOP" at FALL, Tokyo
2015 "THE TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR" Tokyo
   "May Market of ANYplace" at ANYplace, Osaka Prefecture
2014 "LOVE & GIFT - SUPER Xmas MARKET -", at Lumine2 Shinjuku, Tokyo
   "Bazaar・in・the・Bazaar" at Koganetyo, Kanagawa Prefecture
   "THE NY ART BOOK FAIR" at MOMA PS1, NY
   "THE TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR" Tokyo
2013 "ART DUBAI" Dubai

[MEDIA]
2016 「Between ◯ & ◯」DOOKS
2015 「◯◯◯◯◯_」DOOKS
   「MIRRORS」DOOKS
2014  " So-en " January issue - Newcomer art
   「Uncertain Surface -Mirror Accessories」DOOKS
2013 「Circulation of Mirror」DOOKS

[PARTNER SHOP]
storage books, Kobe
Tai Kwun, Hong Kong
S, Tokyo
a small shop, Tokyo
kitoit, Tokyo
deer bookshop, Seoul
DOOKS
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