Mother’s 25 March 1916 #53 [breast]

Ishiuchi Miyako Japanese

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One of Japan’s preeminent photographers, Ishiuchi is known for work that explores trauma, loss, and the traces of time’s passage in the context of postwar Japan. These five photographs belong to her series, “Mother’s,” which she began in 2000, shortly before her mother, with whom she had a strained relationship, passed away at age 84. Over the course of several years, Ishiuchi photographed clothing, makeup, and other personal effects that belonged to her mother, a strong-willed woman who came of age in colonial Manchuria in the 1930s and worked as a truck driver in wartime Japan. Printed at varying scales in both color and black-and-white, the photographs evoke a posthumous intimacy in which objects are transformed into potent repositories of human touch.

Mother’s 25 March 1916 #53 [breast], Ishiuchi Miyako (Japanese, born Gunma, 1947), Gelatin silver print

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