Sachiko Kazama (Japan)

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Sachiko Kazama is a woodblock print artist who explores the past and present of society through black humour and satire. She creates fictional stories based on extensive research on historical and contemporary events, using black and white to express various shades of meaning. Her works are filled with manga-like motifs that depict absurd and nonsensical human actions, revealing the dark and hidden aspects of reality. She uses sharp lines and gradations to convey risky themes with delicacy and wit. Kazama does not directly engage in society, but rather observes it as a bystander, exposing the lies and truths that are hard to see.

Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous support from the National Center for Art Research, Japan.