Exhibition view: fumiko imano, somehow somewhere sometimes at some place for some reason, KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Tokyo (17 October–21 November 2020). ©︎ 2020 fumiko imano. Courtesy KOSAKU KANECHIKA. Photo by Keizo Kioku.
KOSAKU KANECHIKA is pleased to present fumiko imano's solo exhibition, somehow somewhere sometimes at some place for some reason, from 17 October–21 November 2020.
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Highly acclaimed for her collaborations within fashion, such as her work for LOEWE's seasonal publication since the brand's Spring/Summer 2018 collection, imano's representative work includes a body of unprecedented photomontages. A series of self-portraits taken with a 35mm camera, these images are then cut and pasted to create a twin-like motif. Encapsulating an innocently nostalgic and humorous charm that is reminiscent of photographs that might have been taken during a family trip, imano's self-portraits elicit an instinctive smile from their viewers. In sharp contrast, the distinct lines which have been cut and joined together by scissors evidently convey the reality of a fictitious nature. Simply created by hand in the current digital age, imano's photomontages invite a playful yet fresh insight into one's identity, and an unconventional visual language to convey new stories.
Following her first solo exhibition at KOSAKU KANECHIKA in October 2019, imano has presented this statement in light of her upcoming show —
Having gone abroad for the first time after a long interval in 2015, I have been looking for something, somewhere
Such a desire to leave had finally appeared
It was on an autumn morning in 2017 that I leaped up from a message that I had received, to a far away place where I had been called to
Frequently leaving the small room at my family home, I had finally made my own place
With the unprecedented uneasiness caused by recent events, it is no longer possible to go about freely
Although this is not feasible for the time being
Despite this being how things are
Everyone, why is it that being there, at this time, at this place, that you are there
There must be a reason for this
All the while, things begin to flow in movement
It is then
That I am here (exposing my identity)Perhaps I have been conveying this all this time
All the while, it is something that I still don't understand
A synthesis of images from the various places visited overseas since 2016, and works that were taken nearby the artist's home throughout this past year, this exhibition will showcase approximately 30 works from these varying times. Rarely shown to the public until now, this show will also feature a selection of monochromatic works which have been carefully sewn together with red thread. At this time, we cordially invite you to attend fumiko imano's solo exhibition, somehow somewhere sometimes at some place for some reason.
Press release courtesy KOSAKU KANECHIKA.