Fumiko Imano “LA☆Fumiko Imano”

Kosaku Kanechika

poster for Fumiko Imano “LA☆Fumiko Imano”
[Image: LA☆Fumiko Imano, 2015 ©2019 fumiko imano Photo by Keizo Kioku]

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The strikingly amusing compositions of fumiko imano, who most commonly works within the medium of 35mm film photography, includes a series of photomontages that are spliced together in a never-before-seen manner. By cutting and joining together a series of self-portraits taken from a precisely duplicated photographic frame, the evident fictionality of the consistently twin-like motif of the artist is reproduced, as she physically moves throughout each print. Encapsulating an innocently nostalgic and humorous charm that is reminiscent of photographs that might have been taken on a family trip, imano’s self-portraits elicit an instinctive smile from their viewers. In sharp contrast, it is from the distinct demarcation where two images have become juxtaposed against one another that the illusion of playful wonder is instantly dispelled. Against the backdrop of a highly digitized world enabling the precise synthesis of digital images, the purposely simple, handmade quality of imano’s works conveys an undeniably emotional disposition. It is as if we witness the artist’s own introspection into her own fictional playground.

In the exhibition “LA☆Fumiko Imano,” 27 works from her 2015 photobook of the same title will be exhibited. Presented as a record of her travels to the West Coast city of Los Angeles, observers are able to join the Imano twins during their whimsical interactions with fauna and wildlife. It is through these delightful snapshots that the iconic metropolis is reinvented as an original landscape.



from October 19, 2019 to November 30, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-10-19 from 18:00 to 20:00


Fumiko Imano



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