Yuichi Hirako (Okayama, 1982) is interested in the human relationship with nature and especially the forest. Although many of us surround ourselves with plants every day, there is an apparent division between the people and the plants. In the Japanese tradition the the forest is often seen as a sacred place. On the contrary in Western folklore the forest is often portrayed as uncivilized and barbaric place.
Hirako strives to break the boundaries between human and nature in his work. Sometimes done literally by combining human and plants. Hirako creates situations in which nature and culture collide, raising questions about the existing division between the two.