Hiroshi Sunairi fails to execute a documentary of the Yushu earthquake that caused a massive disaster in Tibet. This sets him off on an unpredictable journey that transforms itself into a process of letting go of his purpose, while letting things be as they are. "Making Mistakes" is a Buddhist tale of losing the self as an attainment in spectacular landscapes on the rooftop of the world. In 2010, film maker/artist, Hiroshi Sunairi traveled to Xining, China, at the edge of Amdo Province in the old Tibet. Sunairi aimed to create a documentary of the town of Gyegu where the 2010 Yushu earthquake caused a massive disaster. However, as he arrives at Gyegu, he grows increasingly ill with altitude sickness, and he decides instead to travel around the lower altitude area of Amdo. Sunairi struggles with having made a choice to leave Gyegu too soon, feels he has "made a mistake" and delves into a search of his true purpose. He travels around the Yellow river, meeting the Muslim population of the region as well as observing the monastic life and culture of Tibet. While he travels to sacred Tibetan sites as well as a graduate school in Tibetan literature, the spectacular landscape reveals the struggle of Yushu/Gyegu people with the earthquake and its aftermath. Sunairi finally reaches Tsongon Bu (Qinghai lake), a vast salt lake on high plateau in China. As he lingers there, affected by the healing power of nature in the spectacular setting, he comes to terms with his mistakes and accepts the transparency of being receptive. Sunairi experiences awe at the sight of nature and finally attains the "letting go" of his purpose and his ego.
Hiroshi Sunairi (Hiroshima, Japan, 1972) is an artist/filmmaker and a part-time faculty in the Art Dept at NYU. Present, Sunairi is working on "air" a second feature documentary film of a road trip to Fukushima, shot in August 2011. "air" is a journal of traveling with a taxi driver through the city of Fukshima to Minami Ebi, Matsukawa Ura and Soma, right outside of 30 kilometer of danger zone of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant leak. Sunairi is also completing his first feature film, "Making Mistakes," shot in Amdo Tibet: Yushu Earthquake, self-discovery and the Buddhist idea of letting go in the process of creation of art. 2010, at Art Next Gallery, Sunairi exhibited video project, "Pilgrimage," his trip to China in 2006 through Beijing to Kham Tibet, destined at sacred Kawakarpo Mountain as an act of pilgrimage. 1996, Sunairi presented video project, "On The Road, " in which the filmmaker traveled across the US to ask a question of "What is life?" Inspired by the book, "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac. Sunairi filmed legendary Beat poets living in different parts of the US, such as Michael McClure, Howard Hart and etc., citing their prose. Over ten years of time, he has presented a series of large scale installation works with a motif of elephant, about public memory; "A Night of Elephants" at Hiroshima City Museum, Japan, using materials of A-bombed trees in 2005, "White Elephant" at Japan Society, New York, life-sized in ceramic installation in 2007 and "Elephant" at Queens Museum with local trees in 2010.