Light!   2023

Het Bruggehuisje, Amsterdam

approx. H 3 x W 2 x D 2m
papier mache with rice paper, metal wire, hand made glue, cut out, sound

 Cave-like installation work build inside the bridge house at the crossing of Amsterdam canal and river.

Collaboration assignment work for 'vertel theatre' with writer, voice actors and graphic designer.


Where is the other side?   2022

Kifune shrine, Shimoda
approx. H 5 x W 4 x D 14m, Lanterns, boat, festival paper decorations prepared by local residents, bamboo, workshop with children

 Together with students of Shimoda elemenary schoool in Shimanto city, we have reanimated the spirit of old sacret boat Kifunemaru which were not in use for the local festival for many years.

 Each thought (dream) of children was written on the surface of an lantern and resonated with spirits of the local community and the Kifune shrine.

 workshop view

Cafe den Boterham   2019

252cc, Ekeren

spatial work (installation view) / approx. H 4 x W 10 x D 10m
cut-out cardboard, animation, sound, artist books

 This work was produced for 'Cafe Den Boterham', a project hosted by 252cc Cultuurcentrum in Ekeren, Belgium in May 2019. The artist has collected and re-arranged local memories into an installation that includes animation, sound and book art.

mijn stad overbruggende verhaaltje   2018

Het Bruggehuisje, Amsterdam

spatial work / approx. H 3 x W 2 x D 2m
drawings on cardboard with charcoal and acrylic paint, animation, sound and
other cut-out objects

 On top of the bridge a small girl is standing. She has been gazing the bustling city already for 87 years, yet can not move because her legs are fixed in stone and her arms are carrying a horse.
But one day 'an express runner' appears to deliver her a letter from the future.

 This story is a poetic journey between two existing Amsterdam bridges in the River district.
The small bridge tower turns into a rocket and sculptures made by Hildo Krop receive new
characters and meanings in a fantastic animated story with sound.

 This work was made as the third chapter for 'Mijn Stad' project in Het Bruggehuisje, the smallest
story-telling theathre, in Amsterdam.


 animations stills

A view from Arnemuiden to Awashima+   2015

JCE Amsterdam

spatial work (installation view) / approx. H 2.5 x W 5 x D 7m
drawings on paper, cloth and wall (acrylic silver paint)
animation, sound, artist books

 In this presentation, I tried to view three filedwork based projects I have conducted from 2005 to 2013.

☜click to read the
opening speech by Menno Fitski (curator Asia Art, Rijksmuseum)

 A view from Arnemuiden to Awashima is both a distant and close view of the artist's 'story telling'.
As much as one is physically and mentally separated from others, Hamano feels strongly in living
with the interconnectedness of the world.

 This is her drive to go to new fields and to discover. By collecting stories from local residents and by recording, drawing, animating and molding them into works, the artist seeks to hand down to the viewer pieces of precious stories; stories which might otherwise be lost or forgotten.

 Works from three field-research-based projects in fishing villages, Arnemuiden (2004-2006), Kubotsu (2007-2008) and the remote island of Awashima (2013), are placed into a space, in a playful manner, where they become a new scenery.

'Bread holding girl' (water memory mapping / 2005), 'a raccoon dog the little boy'(i saw a dream of Kubotsu. / 2008), ‘floater’ (MIRRORED MEMORIES / 2009), 'Satchan' (Satchan's midnight garden / 2009) and 'Kokiriko and Akaoni (Hamano Oinarisan a pine wood tale / 2013) are fictive figures which derive themselves from reality.

What if 'bread holding girl' from Arnemuiden meets 'Kokiriko and Akaoni' in a deep pine forest surrounded by Japanese Inland Sea? Where would such an encounter lead their journey?

You can read/view more here.

photo by: Hiroshi Ono

Hamano Oinarisan A pine wood tale  

The Setouchi Trienale 2013, Awashima

Hamano Oinarisan is a Japanese Inari god and her shrine near the beach on Awashima. In this empty shrine, Hamano Oinarisan tells 'A pine wood tale' in which a trickster-like child and a red ogre are playing together.

When I was researching on memories of the island, an image of a pine wood kept reoccurring although one could no longer see this graceful view along a beach, as it was spoilt by termites. This pine wood embraces and conceals things, like a border between this world and the other world.

I have re-arranged fragments of memories from the island into an imaginary tale which unfolds around a pine wood, into an intimite shrine space.

This spatial work consists of wall drawing, sound, animation and bookwork.


photo by: Yoshinobu Motoda

shrine, plaster wall, pencil, color pencil, ink, water color, animation, sound, artist book 'Hamano Oinarisan A pine wood tale'

H 3 x W 4.1 x D 3m

you can see details of bookwork 'Hamano Oinarisan A pine wood tale' here.

animation stills

you can view the animation here.

 a view of animation projection outside.

Kokiriko kokiriko kokkiriko   2012

as a private assignment, i made wall drawings.

 this spatial work was inspired by this drawing.

photo by: Ayako Nishibori


Satchan's midnight garden   2009

outLINE, Amsterdam, Holland

 an imaginary girl called Satchan is reading out the book,
'MIRRORED MEMORIES' and expanding her imagination into the gallery space of outLINE.
this spatial work is based on the bookwork published by SieboldHuis.

drawings on paper and wall, animation projected on the wall, sound, charcoal, gouache, pastel, ink, wood, speakers, wire, papier-mache and other objects

approx. H 3.5~7 x W 9 x D 3~5m


photo by: Shinji Otani

animation stills
DVD PAL 4:3, soundtrack & music 14min 33sec

you can view the compilation here.

workshop for children
november 21st, 2009

picnic in midnight garden
november 29th, 2009

press release
click the image to read.


SieboldHuis, Leiden, Holland

 this presentation with spatial work and bookwork 'MIRRORED MEMORIES' has pulled two major projects, -'arnemuidenproject (2003-2006)' and 'kubotsuproject (2007-2008)'-, together and became a total new work.

bookwork, drawings on paper and wall, chalk, animation projected on the circled wooden panel, sound, speakers, wire, papier-mache and other objects

approx. H3 x W12 x D14m

photo by: Henni van Beek

details for the bookwork are here.

i saw a dream of Kubotsu.
chapter 3

KAAP, Fort Ruigehoek, Groenekan, Holland

the third chapter of the exhibition from Kubotsu project.

two rooms of the fort Ruigehoek have turned into a way to the 'chinkapin forest'. during the Kubotsu project, 'chinkapin forest' located in the mountains of Kubotsu appeared in a story told by an old man. since the artist could not find the forest after her search in the mountains in Kubotsu, 'chinkapin forest' has become an imaginary forest in a dream world of Kubotsu, in Holland.


the chinkapin forest
deep in Kubotsu
where memories gently arrive and dream

if you want to reach the chinkapin forest
follow the 'somen' street
the racoondog's tail
in the stillness of the sea

the little boy is a dear friend of the chinkapin forest princes
no one has ever seen her before

the racoondog the little boy
trickster of Kubotsu
deep in the sea mountains

(translation of the Dutch text written on the floor)

wood, chinkapin nuts, salt, mirrored text on the floor, animation/video, photos
(approx. H3 x W12 x D14m)



animation/video stills are here.

chindon racoondog drum performance has continuously circled along chinkapin forest path.

click here to see performance in compilation video.


video stills by: Krzysztof Wegiel


i saw a dream of Kubotsu.
chapter 2

OPEN STUDIO, CCA Kitakyushu, Japan

the second chapter of the exhibition from Kubotsu project.

in chapter 1, the work was meant to be closely experienced in Kubotsu village, the context where direct sources for works lay. in chapter 2, a part of the work jumped out of this context and placed itself in a neutral studio space far away from Kubotsu. here the work was intended to be experienced with distance, as far memories from elsewhere.

materials: approx. 400 photos and cut-out photos, fishing gut, binoculars
(approx. H4 x W5 x D8m)




i saw a dream of Kubotsu.
chapter 1

the old Kubotsu clinic, Kubotsu, Kochi, Japan

the first chapter of the exhibition from Kubotsu project.

the old Kubotsu clinic was transformed into a space where memories of Kubotsu village from different generations playfully encountered each other. drawing, animation, sound, and photo works based on collected stories, sound and images of the village both from the past and the present, became a constellation work. a new world of Kubotsu appeared in this spatial arrangement where reality and fantasy continuously merge and disperse.
(approx. H2.3 x W3 x D10m)


about four hundred photos printed on inkjet paper. old photos collected in the village and newly taken photos are spread out in the space. some photos are arranged with cut-outs and fishing gut.


Fukutarosan's room. the doctor's room was separately created so that his strong existence did not appear too dominant in the context of the presentation. you could view the doctor's chair through the peeping hole under the orange TL tube light.

drawings on paper and wall.

see some details.

different sequences of animation/video work were screened on five monitors and one screen outside the building.


 photo documentation by:
Hiroshi Chiba / Masako Ito

animation/video stills

click here to see the compilation video.

Satchan is swinging in a bamboo forest.   2007



spatial arrangement with wall drawings, drawings on paper, sound, animations and other objects.
(approx. H4 x W15 x D4m)



photo by: Henni van Beek

animation stills

water memory mapping   2005

Amsterdam, Haarlem, Rotterdam, Willemstad, Arnemuiden and Vlissingenm, Holland

 this work was presented inside a boat as the final exhibition for arnemuidenproject.

drawing were printed on the walls of the tent which was build inside the boat. video works were projected inside the tent and also on the sail during the night.

please see more pictures here.


 animation/video stills

into/from darkness, Amsterdam   2003

work at the graduation show from Gerrit Rietveld Academy

 there is a white room in which a tent is hung by a pully. inside the white tent, there are six different sized monitors. in those monitors you see about thirty different short video pieces which appear in the fixed rhythm one after another. this room is also filled up with slides, drawings, collages and 8mm film projections.


photo by: Gert Jan van Rooij