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Takashi Yasumura

“ Domestic Scandal ”

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1999Grand Prize

ARTIST STATEMENT

Domestic Scandal

This work aims to express doubts about the quality of “everyday life. ”Ordinary scenes, such as familiar places in the house, and the surroundings which we usually don’t pay attention to, are no longer familiar sights when presented in photographs. I understand that the quality of everyday life is gone just like an illusion there. The quality I normally notice disappears in the detached photographic timeframe, and that very disappearance surfaces a questionable quality of “everyday life” in my mind. I believe that photography is a means to reveal what we do not usually recognize. When I visit people, I wonder why what looks unusual to me are taken for granted as their daily affairs. What are accepted as daily practices among family members often look strange or funny to other people. This happens not only in families but also in other groups of people. Through this work, I would like to realize that the quality of “everyday life” in my mind is make-believe.

Selecting judge: Kotaro Iizawa

The work is composed of the carefully made photographs of everyday scenes, but, closely observed, there is something special; for example, pink rubber gloves are on an object in the bathroom, or a dwarf tree pot and an inorganic house are placed side by side. A dressed-up elderly man sitting on the tatami floor (perhaps the artist’s father) looks like a wax figure. Probably the artist changes or rearranges the positions of subjects. It is a kind of constructed photograph incorporated into everyday life. With such a delicately flavored technique, the essence of "everyday life" is structured. The artist’s consistent attitude is threaded through this sequential work, and that makes a powerful work from a critical approach.

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PROFILE

Takashi Yasumura

1972 Born in Shiga Prefecture
1995 Graduated from the Department of Photography at the College of Art, Nihon University
1999 Received an Excellence Award at the 20th New Cosmos of Photography (selected by Kotaro Iizawa) and won the Grand Prize at the 8th New Cosmos of Photography Exhibition
2005 Published the photo collection Domestic Scandals
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1999Grand Prize

Takashi Yasumura

Domestic Scandal

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