out of the ordinary/extraordinary: Japanese contemporary photography

17 Apr 2009 – 23 May 2009

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Millais Gallery

Southampton, United Kingdom


  • Sir James Matthews Building, Southampton Solent University,
  • 157-187 Above Bar Street, SO14 7NN Southampton
  • Southampton
  • SO14 0YN
  • United Kingdom
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This fabulous exhibition from the Japan Foundation brings the visions of 11 young artists from Japan to the UK. It explores Western assumptions about Japanese aesthetics and culture. Pregnant men posing in a fertility clinic; strangers photographed from outside the windows of their homes; a young woman dressed up in the various costumes of Tokyo teenagers, exploring consumer-oriented notions of youth": these are but a few of the puzzling and provocative images presented. Keizo Motoda looks into Japanese back-street sub-cults, Shizuka Yokomizo makes clandestine appointments to make portraits of perfectly posed strangers and Tomoko Sawada shoots herself dolled up in culturally confounding disguises.

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