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Sonoko Sakurai

“ Fifteen Minutes of Fame ”

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2016Excellence Award

ARTIST STATEMENT

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

They see a dream. Fifteen minutes of fame. Fifteen minutes in the spotlight. Fifteen minutes of paradise.

I started carrying a camera around regularly when I was about seventeen. Invariably, what my camera stows away are things imprisoned. A mannequin in a showcase, a tropical fish in a fish tank, a doll, a plant, a building, ... a self portrait ...

Perhaps I was hoping to free these things by photographing them. Alas, the camera only locks things away in another box. Freedom is never finished; it goes on continually being renewed. We are forever in a box, but very occasionally we catch a shimmer of light.

Entries form: Thirty A3 prints on premium matte paper

Selecting judge: Anna Dannemann

Sonoko Sakurai’s work is full of energy. In carefully composed images the artist assembles a distinctive world populated with eccentric things, details of adverts, and playful object collages. Sakurai’s body of work Fifteen Minutes of Fame investigates the world we live in, using every day items to construct her vivid and multifaceted images she transforms these into new and strange patterns of saturated color and harsh light. Revisiting the image selection again and again, I continuously discovered new narratives and perspectives.

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PROFILE

Sonoko Sakurai

Born in 1993

Solo exhibitions
2014:A Room of Five Senses at Turnaround, Sendai
2015: Related Dressing Room at the Shinjuku Ophthalmologist (Ganka) Gallery, Tokyo
Related Dressing Room [a traveling exhibition] at Turnaround, Sendai
2016: Encyclopedia [an exhibition of drawings] at Birdo Flugas, Shiogama
Life Human Travels [photo exhibition] at Turnaround, Sendai
Website: http://maegamiichan.tumblr.com/
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2016Excellence Award

Sonoko Sakurai

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

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