Transvest with a Limited Edition Print by Yuki Onodera. First edition (2004). First impression. Large format slipcased hardback in fine condition. Comes with a 33 x 40 cm limited edition Gelatin Silver print. Signed and numbered (29/50) by Yuki Onodera on verso. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
Onodera began working on this series and continues to. It consists of human forms clipped from newspapers and also magazines filled in with a photo montage of preexisting fragments of images. For example, streetlamps at night, microscopic photography, and scenes of historic buildings. They are photographed with strong back lighting in order to produce silhouettes. The wide variety of figures are strongly backlit. She has assigned names to these figures such as “Krio” and “Rosa”. The back lighting means that the images are almost, but not entirely, obscured. As a composite of many different images, each figure transcends and also seems to embrace the entire world. “Transvest” means to cross dress, or wear the clothing of the opposite gender.
Yuki Onodera was born in Tokyo (1962). In 1993, she established a studio in Paris and then began to work internationally. Onodera’s experimental work, which does not fit within schemas of “photography,” often poses two questions: what is photography, and what can be done through it? Consequently, she uses any possible method to realize her works. Whether this means taking photographs with a marble inside her camera, or creating a story out of a legend and traveling to the ends of the earth to shoot it.
Onodera is known for making two meter high prints in the darkroom, painting on her photographs, and also for other original hands-on methods. Her work is held in collections around the world, including those of Centre Georges Pompidou, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Shanghai Art Museum and The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Among other locations, her solo exhibitions have been held at The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2005), Shanghai Art Museum (2006), The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2010), The Museum of Photography, Seoul (2010) and Musée Nicéphore Niépce, France (2011).
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