16 July - 27 August, 1999
Open: Wed.-Sat. 1:00pm-7:00pm
(Close: Sun.-Tue., National Holliday)
Artist Talk(in Japanese) 12 June, 4:00-6:00pm, Party 6:00-7:00pm
Kaori Yamamoto is creating a self portrait entitled 'Room of Love' based
on the theme of love hotels.
Whilst love hotels are an undeniable aspect of our culture, they exist
on the fringes of society and are seldom talked about as part of
However, their exterior and interior design is rich in a kitsch sense of
style which is truly individual to Japanese culture.
Whilst this is a culturally interesting topic in itself, Yamamoto is not
just aiming to catalogue love hotels.
She dresses up in different guises, portraying women in different
images, and takes photographs which tell the stories of 'love' which are
played out between men and women in those rooms.
She has not chosen modern love hotels, which are called 'Fashion
Hotels', instead she has chosen images of seedy women, such as Office
Workers who are having an affair, or high School girls engaged in
prostitution, or prostitutes themselves who come to shabby, run-down
Toshihiro ASAI, curator,
Art Tower Mito
1975 Born in Hyogo.
1996 Graduated from the Photography Department, Visual Arts Academy.
1998 "Room of Silence", Mole Gallery, Yotsuya
1997 "Ningen no Machi (People's Town)," Guardian Garden, Ginza
"JPS 'Young Eye,'" Osaka
1997 The 11th "Dai Namba Festival 'Namba de Gakko Tengoku (School Heaven)," "Namba Nouveau---Women Photographers' Exhibition," Former Seika Elementary School, Osaka
Kobe Art Annual '97 "art port," Kobe Art Village Center
1998 Tokyo Photography Month '98 "Kaleidoscope---Women Photographers in the 1990s," Shinjuku Park Tower Atrium
"Le Panoptic" Exhibition, Kobe Fashion Museum
1999 Mito Annual '99 "PRIVATE ROOM ‡U---Photographs by a New Generation of Women in Japan," Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki
1997 The 16th "New Cosmos of Photography," Excellent Work Award
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