Hanyō / 半妖 by Masaki Hirokawa / 廣川政樹
Title of work: Hanyō / 半妖
Year of creation: Nov 2020
Dimensions: 90 x 120 cm (Height x Width)
Medium: Digital Media
Technique: Photo collage

Those beings who possess a mixture of the holy and the demonic in their blood will often find themselves undergoing many trials from God. In this world, there is no right and wrong, no good and evil. In fact, it is the maintenance of an equilibrium between the powers of light and dark which allows this universe to continue to exist. However, for the sake of their own selfish righteousness and faith, humans will take up arms and go into battle with each other. While this is a truly sorrowful thing, it cannot be helped. There is no room for logic here. There is only culture and tradition, which have survived for many centuries. If we possess within ourselves the power and action for conflict, if we continue to struggle with so-called polarizing reactions, then it is nothing else but a challenge mandated to us by God, which we must overcome. When those with polar opposite qualities can unite, merge and harmonize, the agonies within us shall dissipate, and war and strife may disappear from this world.


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