Kanako Hayashi has been developing a series of photographic works in which she uses the gaps between buildings, unevenness in roads, railings, windows, doors, and other parts of buildings and structures seen in the city as “urban frames” to record momentary actions. Using parts of buildings or frameworks differently from their intended function, Hayashi depicts a new landscape within familiar everyday life. By filling the space inside the frame with the human body and objects around us, the relationship between the city and the body emerges. Inside the frame, the subject poses to fit into the given space. For Hayashi, these poses, which are created through a dialogue between the restricted and inconvenient space and the body, embody the freedom of human beings in the midst of inconvenience. The “urban frame” can be replaced by various frames surrounding our daily life, for example, the frame of a nation. People have always lived by finding their own freedom in restriction. In the same way, by recognizing restrictive frames, we can be free to locate ourselves inside and outside of them without being trapped.
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(As of June 2021)
Kanako Hayashi (Visual Artist)
Born 1981 in Osaka, Japan. Currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Kanako Hayashi received her Master of Fine Arts from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2013. Hayashi gathers historical traces and fragments of memory in urban space by intervening directly with architecture and space through actions and setups in an attempt to render visible the invisible. Her intermedia work can be located between performance, video, drawing and sculpture. It is heavily influenced by the intense experiences in competitive and synchronized swimming during her youth. The interplay between buoyancy and gravity, as well as the particular architectonic features of swimming pools flow permanently into her work.
Her latest activities include “Water Negotiation” at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2017), “50 Jahre Künsthalle Bielefeld” at Künsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany (2018), “Mythology Upon the Table” Director – Baboo Liao at National Theatre & Concert Hall, Experimental Theatre, Taipei, Taiwan (2019). https://kanakohayashi.studio/
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・”Suidobashi” Station West Exit on the JR Chuo Sobu Line.
・ “Suidobashi” Station Exit A2 on the Toei Mita Line.
・ “Korakuen” Station Exit 2 on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Namboku Line.
・ “Kasuga” Station Exit 6 on the Toei Oedo Line.