"hanabi-ra" Modern TV

Japanese, born 1975
hanabi-ra, 2002
Single-channel video animation; 4 minutes, 25 seconds
Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum purchase

  • June 27, 2020 7:00 PM

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In hanabi-ra, 2002, Tabaimo uses animation to create a visual haiku relating the cycles of nature to the cycles of human life. This video takes its title from a Japanese phrase meaning "flower petal" and depicts a garden inside a human body. The garden undergoes various seasonal changes, and eventually the figure dissolves, leaving behind only pieces of paper.