About

Yumemi Hiraki is a Hobart-based artist from Hiroshima, Japan. After completing her BFA at the Victorian College of the Arts, she continues to develop her practice while exhibiting in various galleries and ARI’s around Victoria and now, Tasmania.

Experimenting with a wide range of materials, she explores tense relationships and subtle connotations of one as a resident of cultural gaps. Immersing her viewer in the complexity of history, memory, nostalgia and identity, Hiraki’s spatial landscaping evokes a familiar yet foreign sense of longing, belonging and holding on. Treating her practice as a personal study of life’s continuity and ephemerality, her works hint that perhaps our memories, and in turn, the way we withhold history is as dynamically transitional as this world that we all inhabit.

Qualifications

BFA - Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture and Spatial Practice) - Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne)

 

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2018 - A Warm Glow to Remember,  Alternating Current Art Space, Windsor

Creases, Tacit Galleries, Collingwood

- Creases / Shall we have some tea, May Tr.IPP Event, Transit Dance Studio, Kensington

2017 - Designer of the Month Display, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool

Group Exhibitions/Curatorial Projects

2018 - Degrees of Separation an exhibition as part of TRAIN/ENNIAL C3 Annual Fundraiser, C3, Abbotsford

Momentary Stillness - Collaborative exhibition with  Alfred Liu - Red Gallery, North Fitzroy

Grey Voices: Female Identity and Culture - Group Exhibition, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

Window Shopping - Curatorial project @ 171 Wheatsheaf Road, Glenroy

- Colliding Borders: Multiple Senses of Belonging , Melbourne Fringe Festival, Sam Merrifield Library

2017- Reflection : Mapping Melbourne Festival, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne

- Shall we have some tea, The Ownership Project, Fitzroy

- Another World, Red Gallery Contemporary Art Space, Fitzroy North

- In the Creases of Time, Red Gallery Contemporary Art Space, Fitzroy North

- Severance, SEVENTH Gallery, Fitzroy

2016 - The Wind Has Shifted, C3 Contemporary Art Space - Collaboration with Hilary Dodd

- Alliance Française Graduate Exhibition Award 

- Emerging Artist Award 2016, Joel Gallery, Altona 

- Visceralis, George Paton Gallery

2015 - Growth, On the Line Gallery, Sant’Elena, Venice 

- MSFW BeekeeperParade Pop-up Store Display, Melbourne Central 

- Gift Giver + Muddy Salon, Mudfest - George Paton Gallery

- Growth, Mudfest - Experimental Art Space (Vitrine), University of Melbourne 

- Recollections, Mudfest - Union Lawn, University of Melbourne

- We’re All Gonna Die, SSP Student Show, VCA Student Gallery

- Within / Without, International Student Show, VCA Student Gallery

2014 - Untitled, SSP Student Show, VCA Student Gallery 

-Dandelion,(Curatorial Team) International Student Show, VCA Student Gallery

2013 - Shift, SSP Student Show, VCA Student Gallery

- Do You Know Me, International Student Show, VCA Student Gallery

 

Awards

2018 -Melbourne Fringe Festival: Best Emerging Artist or Curator (Supported by SEVENTH Gallery)

             for exhibition: Colliding Borders: Multiple Senses of Belonging

2018 - Melbourne Fringe Festival:  Best Visual Arts (Finalist)

             for exhibition: Colliding Borders: Multiple Senses of Belonging

2016 - Nominee for Arts & Craft Design Award

2015 - Joel Gallery Emerging Artist Award

- Alliance Française Exhibition Award