Online Film Screening

Gus Fisher Gallery presents a special online screening of Hiraki Sawa’s works Dwelling (2002) and Absent (2018).

Dwelling was originally shown as part of Gus Fisher Gallery’s exhibition From our Beautiful Square, which considered dualities of time and interiority by reflecting on a period of global lockdown. In response to our current lockdown restrictions, we have made Dwelling and the artist’s more recent work Absent available to view online from 19 November to 3 December.

Sawa’s videos explore psychological landscapes and fantasy worlds that bring together domestic and imaginary spaces. Dwelling, one of the artist’s best known animations, features a miniaturised fleet of aeroplanes that glide around an apartment’s interior, taking off and landing on various domestic surfaces. It seems prescient given our current circumstances, with international travel heavily restricted.

Absent also reimagines domesticity with whimsy and fantasy. Household items such as spoons, teacups, and scissors are rendered into surreal creatures traversing various grand and strange landscapes. Interspersed with animated depictions of migrating birds, Absent is a continuation of the artist’s preoccupation with ideas of travel, home, time and memory.

Hiraki Sawa (born 1977, Ishikawa, Japan) received his BFA from the University of East London and his MFA from the Slade School of Art at University College, London. His works have been exhibited globally and are included in several notable public collections.

View the films online here


  • Fri 19 Nov — Fri 03 Dec

Gus Fisher Gallery

  • 74 Shortland Street | 74 Shortland Tiriti
  • Auckland Central | Tāmaki Makaurau 1010