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Semi Maru

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Semi Maru
Atsushi Fujiwara
Sokyu-Sha
English and Japanese

Text by Ohsumi Naoto

 

Hardcover
112 pages
261 x 228 mm.
2017
ISBN not available

 

Shiga, Japan. It is the place the artist lived from primary school to his mid-twenties, where his parents, siblings and childhood friends continue to live, and is unquestionably the place Atsushi would still call home. Despite having lived elsewhere for more than half of his life now, “home” remains an object of longing while retaining a troublesome, at times intractable resonance, and continues to ensnare him.

Senimaru is a piece from Japanese classical Noh theatre. The prince Senimaru, exiled to Osaka Mountain by his father, Emperor Engi, because he is blind, encounters his sister Sakagami who is afflicted with a strange illness with her hair standing on end, and they lament their misfortunes.

So is this the grat divide of Mount Osaka, where strangers and acquaintances, people coming and people going, meet and part ways – Semimaru.
Nearing the end of cherry blossom season, the notes of Semimaru’s biwa lute echoing in the artist’s thoughts, Atsushi sets out on these walks and wanderings.

Laughter

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Laughter
Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen
Galleri Image
English

Essay by An Paenhuysen

 

Softcover
200 x 150 mm.
2016
ISBN: 9788799284016

 

Laughter is based on an old photograph entitled “Laughter – Rooftop of Tobu building in Tokyo, 1956” that the photographer found in a friend’s photo album in Tokyo in 2009. The project investigates what was so funny at the moment of the capture. No one in the picture remembers and the photographer (Kenji Oomori) does not want to speak about the past. The book consists of a conversation based on a series of letters between Yoshiko and Ditte from 2010-2014, that tells a contemporary life story from an earthquake afflicted Japan in the perspective of an 80 years old woman. During the years of the letters exchange, Ditte re-enacted the photo 22 times with different groups she belongs to around the world such as friends, colleagues, students and family.

About the Artist:
Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen (b. 1977) is an artist, currently living and working in Aarhus, Denmark. She holds an MFA in Visual Art from Malmö Art Academy, Sweden, 2004. Through a range of media, such as video, text, photography, drawing, and object-based installations, Lyngkær Pedersen examines the various ways in which we understand our identity and make sense of our surroundings. Her practice often revisits themes from science and theories of perception. Lyngkær Pedersen has taken part in several international residency programmes and exhibitions. She has furthermore been engaged in a number of long-term collectives and curatorial projects, including The Production Unit, HOMEWORK and the exhibition space rum46 in Aarhus.

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About the Publisher:
Galleri Image was founded in 1977 as the first gallery for photography in Scandinavia and for many years it was the only one of its kind in Denmark. During the years, it has gained international acknowledgement  for their exhibitions and Galleri Image has contributed significantly to the recognition of photography as an independent art form within visual culture.

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Wannabe

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Wannabe
Elisa González Miralles
La Fabrica
English

 

Softcover, with silicon dustjacket
64 pages
190 x 280 mm.
2017
ISBN: 9788416248858

 

Wannabe is a photographic project about doll-like girls in Japanese culture —about the objectification of these women to serve societal customs that lead to android-like behaviours. It illustrates how people who grow up in a given culture unconsciously feel the need to follow a predetermined role. With this work, Elisa González Miralles aims to question how societal standards —not only in Japan, but elsewhere— constrain human behaviour and the development of identity. Questions that affect us all, especially considering the obsession with self-projection in today’s society.

The idea of Wannabe starts with a trip that the photographer made to Japan in 2002. At that time the author discovered the habit of “replacing” real women with these hyperrealistic dolls. In 2013, she returned to Japan with the idea of ​​doing work on those objects, but she encountered the paradox that women themselves adapted their shapes and even altered their physical appearance to become replicas of those artificial, anatomically and physically perfect products, but lacking in soul.

The photographs that compose the series Wannabe test the sharpness of the viewer being at times more than difficult to differentiate the images of real women from those that correspond to dolls. And to deepen this conflict, Gonzalez Miralles uses a symbolic element: the balloon fish, delicious and exclusive meat, but very dangerous if not prepared properly, because it contains a neurotoxic poison that causes muscle paralysis and death by asphyxiation. This fish represents, she says, “the unconscious of these women, who, doomed to meet social desires are necessary to meet the standard of beauty imposed slogans”.

About the Artist:
Elisa has a Masters in documentary photography from EFTI Madrid (2007). She received a grant from World Press Photo, Asian Europe Foundation and the Philippine Centre of Photo-journalism to take part in the Urban Youth project in Manila (Philippines, 2007), and participated in Darkside II in the Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland, 2009). In 2009, Elisa founded the MADPHOTO academy (Madrid) together with fellow photographers Damián González and Manolo Yllera.

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About the Publisher:
With the birth of PHotoEspaña festival, in 1998, La Fábrica began to publish great photography books: exhibition catalogues, authors collections and institutional books among others, to become, 20 years later, the Publisher of reference that is today. With more than 600 titles, La Fábrica is present in all markets of the world thanks to its international distribution, with a catalogue that gathers both classics of photography as the most restless and youngest authors on the international scene, also including books of art and literature.

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