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Haruka Sasaki

“Expression is my dedication;
  a reflection of the spiritual journey of life.
  find the unseen,  transforming things to the visible.

I am transmitting.
I am talking to your heart with my expressions.”

Haruka was born and raised in Nagano, Japan where she was surrounded by large expanses of nature. This upbringing is the root of her intuitive emotional approach. Her spiritual awareness is informed by Buddhist philosophy, Shinto traditions, and a belief in spirits residing in nature (Nature spirits). These spiritual matters are integral to the culture of daily life in Japan and are communicated in the family, community, and the environment.

From the age of twelve to fifteen, Haruka participated in the traditional performance of Mikomai, a sacred dance performance dedicated to the Shinto gods, during her region’s rituals and festivals.
Later, she began to paint, inspired by the world’s ancient cultures and mythologies.
In 2011, she moved to Berlin, Germany.

Haruka works to honor the Japanese sense of color and balance and expresses a powerful, sensitive feminine force with her brush stroke. By using a “living line” in her paintings, she strives to capture the pure energy of life and create a connection with the primitive self. Because she believes all living things—even inanimate materials—have their own gods and spirits, she pays respect to the invisible with her art.

Since 2017, she has been collaborating with musicians on improvisational live performances of Sumi-e painting and touring in Europe. Her movements with the brush or fan during her performance shake the air, and the sound elements speak to the spirits.

長野県生まれ。ベルリン在住アーティスト。大自然と身近に触れながら育ち、直感的な感覚を大切に物事と向き合う。10代の頃地域に伝わる伝統芸能(巫女舞)に携わり、いにしえの神道の精神や仏教哲学を生活の中で学ぶ。
世界の古代文明やアートにインスパイアされ絵を描き始める。力強くもやわらかい女性的なラインと日本人的な色彩・バランス感覚をベースに、生命のもつ純粋なエネルギーや自然、原始的感覚への回帰を筆先に込めている。
2011年のベルリン移住後も、常に自身の中にある潜在的な感覚を探求しながら、作品を通してメッセージを表現し続けている。
2017年からはミュージシャンとのコラボによる、墨絵の即興ライブパフォーマンスを行っている。音と筆と空間というその場の一期一会のインスピレーションという即興性を主軸にしたパフォーマンスでヨーロッパツアーを毎年重ねている。
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Upcoming
-Exhibition
21.August-04.September.2020
-Kunstmeile Lichtenberg- Group exhibition
Haruka Sasaki at EIS KAFFEE - Margaretenstraße 27, 10317 Berlin
Opening hours: Mo-So 13:00-20:00

-Performance
28.August.2020 (Friday)
"Sound Painting"
-improvisation- Sound & Art Performance
Thomas Zimmermann × Haruka Sasaki
at EIS KAFFEE - Margaretenstraße 27, 10317 Berlin 
18:30 Open - 19:00 Start

-Lectures
[Mondays] 05, 26.October / 02,09.November
Art workshop for children at Young Arts Donaustraße 
– with Hanaa El Degham & Melinta Castillo
Exhibition

2019.29.Mar - 13.Jun
Solo Exhibition "Deine Innere Erde" – Frauenkreise, Berlin, Germany

2018.29.Nov-20.Dec
Solo Exhibition – "elemente" at Artist Homes, Berlin, Germany

2018.14.Sep
Group Exhibition “Khayamiya zwischenraum” at Lange Nacht der Bilder Lichtenberg - BLO ATELIER / Studio G3, Berlin, Germany 

2018.01-24.Jun
Group Exhibition "Wilder Garten creation castle" – Werkhalle Wiesenburg, Berlin, Germany

2017.20.jul-19.Oct
Solo Exhibition "DEINE INNERE QUELLE" – Frauenkreise, Berlin, Germany

2017.14.Feb
Group Exhibition – The Loft NYC 47th Anniversary, NY, USA

2015.Sep
Solo Exhibition – Lemoart, Berlin, Germany

2015.Jun
Group Exhibition – Lemoart, Berlin, Germany

2013.Jul
Exhibition – BLO-Ateliers, Berlin, Germany
Performance

2019.27-29.September
Sumi-e Painting performance at FORTALICYJNE FESTIVAL - Zamosc, Poland
In collaboration with Piotr Stefanski, Paweł Dudziński 

2019.18-26.Jun
”Sumi-e / Sound Painting" performance tour 2019 (Germany & Poland)
Sumi-e live painting: Haruka Sasaki / Music: Haruhiko Okabe (Sax, Hichiriki /JP)
18.06 19:30- Völkerkundemuseum Herrnhut / Herrnhut, Germany
19.06 19:00- Macondo / Wrocław, Poland
20.06 19:00- Nowina 5 / Polska, Poland
21.06 20:00- Lubiąż, Poland 
24.06 20:00- Artist Homes / Berlin, Germany
26.06 19:00- Werkhalle Wiesenburg / Berlin, Germany

2019.13.Jun
Sound performance in collaboration with the guitarist Naomi Motomura and the leaves of word by Haruka for the Finissage of Haruka's solo exhibition.. 

2018.12-17.Jun
”Sumi-e / Sound Painting" performance tour in Germany :  6 shows
in collaboration with Günter Heinz & Haruhiko Okabe 
17.06 at Kleinwaltersdorf Kirche, Freiberg
16.06 20:00- at UNI IM BAUERNHAUS GOSSBERG, Grossberg
16.06 15:00- at im Kurpark von Thermalbad Wiesenbad, Thermalbad Wiesenbad
15.06 at BlaueFablik, Dresden
14.06 at Werkhalle Wiesenburg, Berlin
12.06 at Artist-Homes, Berlin

2017.10-13.Aug
"Sumi-e / Sound Painting” Performance tour in Germany :  4 shows 
/ Live Painting: Haruka Sasaki (Sumi-e) / Impro Music: Günter Heinz (Trombone, Flute etc /DE) & Haruhiko Okabe (Sax, Hichiriki /JP)
13.08 at Galerie Nicolaikirche, Auerbach
12.08 at Annenkapelle Freiberg (am Dom)
11.08 at Blaue Fabrik ​Dresden
10.08 at Frauenkreise, Berlin

2016.30.Aug-05.Sep
Live Painting Performance – Odyssia Festival / Alepokhóri, Greece

2013.Aug
Live Painting Performance – Lichtblick Festival / Berlin, Germany
Lectures

2020.01-03.July
Calligraphy workshop for children "Vielfalt der Kalligraphie" 
at Sommerferienprogramm im Young Arts Donaustraße 
– with Hanaa El Degham, Melina Castillo and Dimitra Merz

2019.15.April
Painting workshop for children "Haiku und Bild" at Shapes of Haiku – Lettrétage

2019.19.May
Sumi-e painting workshop "Pinsel-Kunst" at Shapes of Haiku – Lettrétage 
Seen in published productions

Snowboard
– "Ai Kunioka signature model" / Seascape 149 by VOLTAGEdesign (JP)  

Snowboard
– "Takashi Minamiura signature model" Dream Of Jade / VIKING 160 by VOLTAGEdesign (JP)  

Book Cover Illustration
- Matilda TheeGreat "The Foreign Me!" by AuthorHouseUK (UK)

Album cover artwork
– Sizzla & Savona “COLD WAR the remix EP” by Muti Music (USA)

Snowboard
– “Mermaid" 2015-2016 model / The Snow Surf Series by GENTEMSTICK (JP) 

Illustration work (animation)
– short film “The Saviour” opening animation
(Director: Charlotte Roustang / Awards & screenings in Berlin, Hof, Houston, Mumbai, Paris 2014-2015)

EP label artwork
– G. Mitchell & Jebski feat. Kengo Ono "Natsu EP1” by PAD (JP)

DVD cover artwork
- ykanoa × sakti  “Pile Of Time” by PileOfTime (JP)