Author Archives: Haruko Maeda

Exhibition “ As we know it“ Haruko Maeda & Michael Heindl

26 May – 1 July 2023 at Elektrohalle Rhomberg in Salzburg

In their joint exhibition at Elektrohalle Rhomberg, Haruko Maeda (*1983) and Michael Heindl (*1988) reveal the fragility of the normality and the mundane. Through painting and film, they independently declare the always only supposedly existing normality to be the central aspect of a contemporary, human crisis. In the combination and juxtaposition of their works, a general problem is made tangible: the concept of the normal proves to be extremely imprecise and is always subject to the consistent change of realities of life.

Niklas Koschel



„Amabie“ 130 x 95cm, oil on canvas, 2022

Amabie (アマビエ) is a legendary Japanese mermaid or merman with a bird-beak like mouth and three legs or tail-fins, who allegedly emerges from the sea, prophesies either an abundant harvest or an epidemic, and instructed people to make copies of its likeness to defend against illness.

During the Covid-19 pandemic in Japan, amabie became a popular topic on SNS in Japan.



  Original drawing of „Amabile“, Anonym 1846


a family portrait

“ a family portrait my father, Grandma and I“ 100 x 70 cm, oil on canvas 2021, courtesy: Rudi Strobl

Es ist nicht häufig, aber es gibt eine Tradition in Japan, dass man einen Knochenstück von geliebten Gestorbenen runterschluckt.

Das ist ein Zeichen der Liebe, und wir können damit so glauben, dass die Tote in unserem Körper im Inneren auf ewig leben.

In diesem Familienportrait bin ich als ein Hand am Schulter des Vaters dabei.