press release

Die in Paris lebende japanische Künstlerin Yuki Onodera wird trotz intensiver internationaler Ausstellungsaktivitäten erstmal in dieser Einzelausstellung in Deutschland vorgestellt. Sie zeigt ihre verblüffenden inszenierten Schwarzweißfotografien, die lebensgroße Figuren im Gegenlicht zeigen, die zu schweben scheinen. Das Innere dieser Silhouetten besteht aus vielseitig lesbaren Collagen kulturgeschichtlicher Motive.


This exhibition introduces several series of the japanese photographer yuki onodera.

To the basic premise of photography - the fixing of an optical phenomenon on a two-dimensional surface- Yuki Onodera adds a new understanding, demonstrating the possibilities of expression in black-and-white photography. This understanding is unfailingly accompanied by a quality that can only be described "oneiric" or dream-like. >transvest< (2002 -2006) shows persons in life size against strong light. If you come closer you realize that the silhouette consists of a collage of many black and white photographs with very different cultural themes. In her major work >Portraits of Second-hand Clothes< (1994-97), she made a selection from the huge number of used clothes that Christian Boltansky had assembled for an installation work, and photographed each of them against a blank background. The second-hand clothes, implying the absence of the body, were reconfigured into the "trace of the body," whereas Boltansky\\\\'s collective memory of the Holocaust was recast into a more personalized one.(...)

>Roma – Roma< is an series of artificially colored works which are both highly unique and ambitious. When one hears the word „Roma“, the only thing that usually comes to mind is the capital of Italy. However the Romas that Onodera has photographed are an island south of Sweden in the Baltic Sea, and a town in the Valencia region of Spain. She shot both locations with a stereo camera. On the left is Sweden and on the right is Spain. It isn’t that she has aparticular interest in the history of culture of Roma. It didn’t necassarily have to be Roma at all. Between the two Romas lies the time of the negatives that were never exposed – that is, the passage of time in the darkness-, but without an explanation.(...)

With her brilliant creativity, Onodera fosters an understanding of the characteristics of photography as medium, while guiding the viewer to an encounter with a poetic imagination. Texts from: Shino Kuraishi, "BLINK", Phaidon Press, 2002, and Atsuhiko Shima, „The Photographs of Yuki Onodera“, catalog of the show „Yuki Onodera“ at the National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2005

Takaaki Morinaka, exhibition cataloge "Yuki Onodera" The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan 1999: Yuki Onodera is a materialist of light. Endowed with a powerful sensitivity, Onodera bores directly into the existence of things, sometimes to retrieve their essence, other times to reveal what is absent. She is like the eternal child, awakening anew to the world at every encounter. Using photography like a weapon, Onodera ruptures our accepted notions of the physical, and reconfigures our encounter with the external world.


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Yuki Onodera
photographic works 1992-2006