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Title

Boot of shrimps

1995

Artist

Michiko Michiko Kon

Japan

1955 -

  • Details

    Other Title
    Boots of shrimps
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1995
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    Edition
    12/75
    Dimensions
    51.1 x 41.3 cm image; 60.7 x 50.8 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. verso, pencil "Michiko Kon". Dated l.l. verso, pencil "1995".

    Credit
    Purchased 1995
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    205.1995
    Copyright
    © KON Michiko

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  • About

    Kon is one of the leading contemporary photographers in Japan, whose idiosyncratic images combine the familiar shapes of everyday objects with the unfamiliar textures of raw food. The surreal images she thus creates not only break a taboo (of playing with food) but take the viewer into a realm of fantasy. Kon began photography as part of her training in printmaking at Tokyo's Sôkei School of Art, from which she graduated in 1978. By the 1980s she was exhibiting widely in Japan, Europe and the United States, and was awarded the prestigious Kimura Ihee Award in 1991. Concerning the 'texture' of her work, Kon recounts an incident on a train when she saw a properly dressed teenage girl suddenly and quite naturally begin licking the metal lock on the train window. Kon relates this bizarre behaviour to her own desire to capture the uncommon, the peculiar and the disconcerting in her photographs.

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 285.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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