© Tomoko Sawada

WassinkLundgren + Tomoko Sawada

WassinkLundgren (Londres-Beijing) Tomoko Sawada (Kobe-New York)

September 8th - October 5th 2013


September 8th – October 5th 2013

On the occasion of the 13th edition of the Mois de la Photo à Montréal, the MAI is hosting the Japanese artist Tomoko Sawada and the Dutch duo WassinkLundgren. What these artists share in common is the use of a photo booth, the first photographic device designed to be used without human intervention.

Tomoko Sawada created ID400 (1998) while she was a student and living in Kobe. For several weeks, Sawada transformed her physical appearance using make-up, clothing and different hairstyles to create as many as 400 different identities with a photo booth. Her work has been exhibited widely at venues such as the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and can be found in major public collections, including the International Center of Photography in New York. Tomoko Sawada is represented by the MEM Gallery in Tokyo.

With Don’t Smile Now… Save it for Later (2008), WassinkLundgren transgress uses of the photo booth. They “liberate” this portrait-making machine — limited as it is to taking photographs of the faces of passers-by — and endow it with its “own subjectivity” by recording its environment. The work of WassinkLundgren has been exhibited at venues such as the Netherlands Photo Museum in Rotterdam and the CAFA Museum in Beijing. Made up of the Dutch photographers Thijs groot Wassink and Ruben Lundgren, the duo is represented by Van Zoetendaal Collections in Amsterdam and by Pékin Fine Arts in Beijing.

« The range of personalities that Sawada manages to extract from her single self is remarkable, and the pictures are unabashedly theatrical, even with their mug-shot frontality and sober uniformity. » LOS ANGELES TIMES

Vernissage : Sunday September 8th at 4p.m.
In collaboration with Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal

Press Release – Tomoko Sawada
Press Release – WassinkLundgren

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