Yurie Nagashima “About Home”

Maho Kubota Gallery

poster for Yurie Nagashima “About Home”
[Image: ©Yurie Nagashima/ Maho Kubota Gallery (2015)]

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Situated in the heart of Aoyama and Harajuku, between the upscale Gaien-nishi Dori and the quiet historical Seizoroi Zaka streets, Maho Kubota Gallery opens with a solo show by Japanese artist Yurie Nagashima. Viewed as the pioneer of the Girly Photo movement, which took off in the latter half of the 1990s, Nagashima has grappled with the question of her identity, both within the social group and particularly as a woman, since her debut in 1993, creating works relating to her relationships with others by directing her camera at herself and those close to her.

Nagashima’s latest show, “About Home,” takes the form of an installation composed of a tent created with her mother and groups of photographs of varying sizes. The tent is made of an assortment of materials such as clothes and housekeeping fabrics from the Nagashima home, while the photographs are a mixture of new images taken by the artist during the making of the tent and others shot before then in Japan and the U.S. There are no fixed boundaries to be drawn between the photographs and the tent, as they come together as one within the exhibition space.

One of the concepts behind the installation is the legacy of a box of flower photographs by the artist’s grandmother, also a great inspiration when the artist compiled her 2010 collection, “Swiss” (Akaaka Art Publishing). Although her grandmother had no obvious intention to publish her photographs, in them Nagashima saw the crystallization of key themes such as the passion of the unrecognized creator toward her work and the difficulties women faced in pursuing creative careers.

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from March 16, 2016 to April 23, 2016

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Yurie Nagashima

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