Noritoshi Hirakawa

Ma Galerie

Noritoshi Hirakawa, a young Japanese artist, works on cultural phenomena linked to sexuality and images of the body: on the forms of repression and control of desire. Clearly influenced by the later work of Michel Foucault, Hirakawa experiments with the limits of the “repressive hypothesis” in order to demonstrate how sexuality participates in a general discursive economy that addresses the most tenuous, individual, and day-to-day habits and behaviors, and scarcely perceptible forms of desire. The artist-as-sociologist leads this inquiry, not into inhibitions and forms of control, but into the intimate, more or less coherent way in which we transmit our experience, while at the same time confronting the media’s collective mechanisms of the idealization of desire. This is an invitation to discourse that operates outside the field of the mediatized “will to knowledge,” and within that of

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