Born in Hiroshima in 1972, Hiroshi Sunairi lives in NYC. Dealing with issues of collective memory and the public sphere, Sunairi creates sculpture/installation and cinema on various contents. Sunairi’s recent experimental documentary film projects include; air, about the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Making Mistakes, a soul-searching journey in Tibet. These films have screened in numerous film festivals and in the art context: the most notably, International Peace Film Festival in Gangjeong 2016 , National Museum of Singapore 2014, Green Film Festival in Seoul 2013, Cinema Vérité – Iran International Documentary Film Festival 2012, DMZ Korean International Documentary Film Festival 2012, Gandhinagar International Film Festival in India 2012, Filums – the LUMS International Film Festival in Pakistan 2012 and UFO 0110 International Digital Film Festival 2012.
Since 2006, Sunairi has been distributing seeds of the Hibaku Jumoku– trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima around the world in an on-going Tree Project. Sunairi exhibited the project’s seedlings and photographic documentations at the Horticultural Society of New York in 2001 and the Singapore National Museum in 2014, which premiered Majulah Singapura, a film about the launching of Tree Project in Singapore.
In sculpture/installation works, he has presented Elephant in the Room, a series of works about the public/personal remembrance, including: A Night of Elephants, a sculptural installation using A-bombed trees at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan (2005); White Elephant, a life-sized ceramic installation about the 9.11 event at Japan Society, NY (2007); and elephant, a sculpture using local trees in Flushing Meadows Corona Park at the Queens Museum, NY (2010). Sunairi has exhibited internationally and teaches in the Art Department at New York University.