Shizuka Yokomizo explores the phenomenon of the photographic image by looking at its different visual and non-visual spaces in its
various stages of making. Her work to date has put emphasis on the conditions of producing the photograph, often effectively raising
the material and temporal status of this alongside that of the image itself.
In her new work shown here, she takes instead the residual material of a previous project, engaging with it as a material in limbo,
disconnected but not disavowed from its original conditions. The images derive from the out-takes of one of several shoots in 2008/9
when Yokomizo was involved in meeting various women in hotel rooms and photographing them in their trade as sex workers. Although
an original intention and contractual aspect are still embedded in these images, they have in a sense slipped out of vigilance and are both
prone to manipulation as well as having a life of their own, somewhat liberated by a minor and abstracted status. A close view of the
image material revealed a toughness and vulnerability, an anonymity and personality that was vital in constructing its new visibility. The
works can be seen as moments of question and pause to prompt identification, reception or consumption and a glimpse of the
autonomous spaces that images inhabit.