Screening of Hiroshi Sunairi’s “Making Mistakes” and “Tree Project Film” at The Horticultural Society of New York on Sept 25th Tuesday at 6:00pm
“Making Mistakes” and “Tree Project Film”
In the summer of 2010, artist and filmmaker Hiroshi Sunairi traveled to Xining, a city at the edge of the old Tibetan region in Amdo Province, China. He set out to create a documentary on the Yushu earthquake, which caused a massive disaster earlier that year in the town of Gyegu, but decided to travel elsewhere because of severe altitude sickness. The product of this decision is a beautifully filmed account of his attempt to make a documentary, as well as his unintended journey through the Tibetan Plateau. “Making Mistakes” (62 min.) is a soul-searching Buddhist tale of letting go and losing oneself among the spectacular landscapes of the “rooftop of the world.”
“Tree Project Film” (11 min.) is a portrait of Chikara Horiguchi, a tree doctor in Hiroshima who specializes in caring for hibaku trees, those that survived the atomic bombings. Horiguchi’s story is augmented by current footage of some of the iconic hibaku trees, including Camphor, Plantae, Ginkgo, and Camilia. Since 2005, Sunairi has distributed seeds from hibakutrees to people around the world, which was documented in Leur Existence – Tree Project, an exhibition held at The Hort in Winter 2009-10.
Hiroshi Sunairi was born in Hiroshima in 1972. He recently completed his second feature-length documentary film, “air,” an account of a road trip to Fukushima, Japan, in August 2011, just months after the nuclear disaster. As an artist, he has presented “Elephant in the Room,” a series of works about public memory, including: “A Night of Elephants,” a sculptural installation using A-bombed trees at Hiroshima City Museum, Japan (2005); “White Elephant” a life-sized ceramic installation at Japan Society, NY (2007); and “Elephant” a sculpture using local trees in “Curse of Bigness” at Queens Museum, NY (2010). Sunairi has exhibited his work internationally and currently teaches in the Art Department at New York University.