City Paper is not for tourists
In describing his recent series of short films set entirely in his apartment, Hiraki Sawa explains, “My present fascination is with the things that can be seen in the corners, the edges, in between and beyond and somewhere else.” This should not be a foreign sentiment to any D.C. apartment dweller. If not exactly fascinated, we are at least extremely conscious of the things that can be seen in the forgotten corners and edges of our homes, and the city hosts a regular cracker box full of animals that are more than happy to occupy the “in between and beyond” of our dwellings. During black-and-white digital-video works such as Migration and Eight Minutes, Sawa replaces his household pests with caravans of silhouetted camels, and herds of naked human bodies skitter about on his kitchen floor. When you hear the trap snap closed, grab a plastic bag. Check out the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s new black-box space for film and video, where Sawa’s films screen from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through April 30, 2006, at 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 357-2700.