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29.09.2010

 

When Kimiko doesn't get married. The MEP in Paris presents Kimiko Yoshida's 'La oú je ne suis pas'

At an early stage of her childhood, Kimiko Yoshida witnessed the reality of being wed into an arranged marriage. At one point, she turned her memories into inspirations and began to deal with the subject in the form of self-portraits.

Thus, she designed virtual weddings and became a widow, astronaut, Anime or Egyptian. Now, the European House of Photography in Paris is showing ‘La oú je ne suis pas’, a retrospective, beginning with the early works ‘Brides’ and ending, with plenty of stops on the way, at ‘Paintings’.

The artist transforms clothes, skirts and accessories, trousers, shoes, hair decoration, historic attire – Paco Rabanne's haute couture is not far away. The former fashion designer created the scenario revolving around the single bride on a conceptual basis and refers to the great artists of our time: Picasso, Matisse, Gauguin, Rembrandt, Rubens, Delacroix and so forth.

In order to delve even deeper into her subject matter, she transfers her photographs - both traditionally photographed with Hasselblad and digital Olympus output – to canvas. She utilises elements of paintings without painting and thus transports her portraits' optical core into the realm of history.

Kimiko Yoshida was born in 1963 in Tokyo, studied photography in her hometown and continued her studies in Arles an Le Fresnoy in France. Her work has been exhibited in places such as Tel-Aviv, Paris, Chicago, Jerusalem and Corutrai in Belgium.

From the moment Kimiko left home, she began to parent her own voice, she lucidly protests against contemporary clichés of seduction, against the voluntary serfdom of females, against communist personalities and predestined heredity.

The exhibition will run until 31 October 2010 and is curated by Jean-Michel Ribettes. Kimiko will be present on 21 October.


Kimiko Yoshida – 'La oú je ne suis pas'
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7 rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris

Until 31 October 2010
Wed – Sun, 11am – 8pm

Kimiko Yoshida

Kimiko Yoshida

Kimiko Yoshida

Kimiko Yoshida

Kimiko Yoshida

Kimiko Yoshida