Noritoshi Hirakawa (b.1960) currently lives and works in New York, USA.
Hirakawa originally studied Applied Sociology and works today with photography, film, installation and performance. His works have been described as erotic, intimate and challenge mainstream views of sexuality as well the assumption that male desire is inherently exploitative, objectifying and oppressive towards women. The artist believes that human activities forms the culture in which we live today and proposes to push the boundaries of perception in order to expand the culture. In particular, he identifies the camera as “a very good excuse to connect men’s and women’s desires.”
Hirakawa has participated in many important exhibitions, festivals and biennials, including: Solo-exhibition “Before we get this far“, Fondazione Zimei, Pescara (IT, 2017); “Into Me / Out of Me”, MoMA PS1, New York (US, 2006); “Streams By The Wind”, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (AT, 2003); “Truce”, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe (US, 1997); “Orient / Ation“, the 4th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul (TR, 1995); “Feminin, Masculin“, Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR, 1995); “On Board” (Aperto ‘95) and “Campo”, Corderie dell’Arsenale, Venice Biennale, Venice (IT, 1995); Solo-exhibition at Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (DE, 1993). The artist has also collaborated with poets, musicians, choreographers and architects and presented his work at Das TAT, Frankfurt; Danse Montpellier and Fondation Cartier, Paris.