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Sawako Yoshioka

“ FLYING HIPPO ”

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2002Grand Prize

ARTIST STATEMENT

FLYING HIPPO

At the beginning of 2002, a friend of mine told me about swimming hippopotamuses, and I had an urge to see them. Every night, I imagined hippos extending their short legs and kicking rhythmically to swim.
Gradually I could only think about hippos and I had to go see them.
Year after year, a kind of urge that originates in me has changed from something abstract to something more concrete, almost like a lump.

Selecting judge: Kotaro Iizawa

images of swimming hippopotamuses are nostalgic for some reason, and they draw out a “deja-vu” feeling. It might be the feeling of a fetus floating in amniotic fluid. Developing a pretty large print of a single photo turned out to be successful. It was conspicuous partly because there were so many entries for this year’s competition, and most of them lacked clear concepts. Her work has the power to tap into viewers’ memories in depth. I expect her to grow as a powerful photographer of a high caliber.

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PROFILE

Sawako Yoshioka

2001: New Cosmos of Photography 2001 [23rd Competition] Excellence Award. (Selected by Fumio Nanjo)
2002: New Cosmos of Photography 2002 [25th Competition] Excellence Award. (Selected by Kotaro Iizawa),
Grand Prize of "New Cosmos of Photography 2002 Exhibition".
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2002Grand Prize

Sawako Yoshioka

FLYING HIPPO

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