The Photography Show by AIPAD

Pier 94, New York City

Osamu Yokonami

April 5 – 8, 2018

Osamu Yokonami Sumo Mandarin 002, 2010-2013

Osamu Yokonami
Sumo Mandarin 002, 2010-2013
digital pigment print
895 x 1105 mm, edition of 5
146 x 168 mm, edition of 10
 

Osamu Yokonami Sumo Mandarin 005, 2010-2013

Osamu Yokonami
Sumo Mandarin 005, 2010-2013
digital pigment print
895 x 1105 mm, edition of 5
146 x 168 mm, edition of 10

Osamu Yokonami Sumo Mandarin 008, 2010-2013

Osamu Yokonami
Sumo Mandarin 008, 2010-2013
digital pigment print
895 x 1105 mm, edition of 5
146 x 168 mm, edition of 10

Osamu Yokonami Sumo Mandarin 016, 2010-2013

Osamu Yokonami
Sumo Mandarin 016, 2010-2013
digital pigment print
895 x 1105 mm, edition of 5
146 x 168 mm, edition of 10

Osamu Yokonami Sumo Mandarin 017, 2010-2013

Osamu Yokonami
Sumo Mandarin 017, 2010-2013
digital pigment print
895 x 1105 mm, edition of 5
146 x 168 mm, edition of 10

Osamu Yokonami Sumo Mandarin 023, 2010-2013

Osamu Yokonami
Sumo Mandarin 023, 2010-2013
digital pigment print
895 x 1105 mm, edition of 5
146 x 168 mm, edition of 10

Osamu Yokonami Sumo Mandarin 024, 2010-2013

Osamu Yokonami
Sumo Mandarin 024, 2010-2013
digital pigment print
895 x 1105 mm, edition of 5
146 x 168 mm, edition of 10

Osamu Yokonami Sumo Mandarin 039, 2010-2013

Osamu Yokonami
Sumo Mandarin 039, 2010-2013
digital pigment print
895 x 1105 mm, edition of 5
146 x 168 mm, edition of 10

Osamu Yokonami Sumo Mandarin 060, 2010-2013

Osamu Yokonami
Sumo Mandarin 060, 2010-2013
digital pigment print
895 x 1105 mm, edition of 5
146 x 168 mm, edition of 10

Osamu Yokonami Sumo Mandarin 071, 2010-2013

Osamu Yokonami
Sumo Mandarin 071, 2010-2013
digital pigment print
895 x 1105 mm, edition of 5
146 x 168 mm, edition of 10

Osamu Yokonami Sumo Mandarin 072, 2010-2013

Osamu Yokonami
Sumo Mandarin 072, 2010-2013
digital pigment print
895 x 1105 mm, edition of 5
146 x 168 mm, edition of 10

Osamu Yokonami Assembly Okinawa 1, 2017

Osamu Yokonami
Assembly Okinawa 1, 2017
digital pigment print
1044 x 1259 mm, edition of 3
614 x 740 mm, edition of 7
 

Osamu Yokonami Assembly Okinawa 2, 2017

Osamu Yokonami
Assembly Okinawa 2, 2017
digital pigment print
1044 x 1259 mm, edition of 3
614 x 740 mm, edition of 7
 

Osamu Yokonami Assembly Hokkaido 1, 2017

Osamu Yokonami
Assembly Hokkaido 1, 2017
digital pigment print
1044 x 1259 mm, edition of 3
614 x 740 mm, edition of 7
 

Osamu Yokonami Assembly H-11, 2013

Osamu Yokonami
Assembly H-11, 2013
digital pigment print
1044 x 1259 mm, edition of 3
614 x 740 mm, edition of 7
267 x 330 mm, edition of 10

Osamu Yokonami Assembly G-11, 2013

Osamu Yokonami
Assembly G-11, 2013
digital pigment print
1044 x 1259 mm, edition of 3
614 x 740 mm, edition of 7
267 x 330 mm, edition of 10
 

Osamu Yokonami, Assembly D-1, 2011

Osamu Yokonami
Assembly D-1, 2011
digital pigment print
1044 x 1259 mm, edition of 3
614 x 740 mm, edition of 7
267 x 330 mm, edition of 10
 

Osamu Yokonami, Assembly C-2, 2011

Osamu Yokonami
Assembly C-2, 2011
digital pigment print
1044 x 1259 mm, edition of 3
614 x 740 mm, edition of 7
267 x 330 mm, edition of 10
 

Osamu Yokonami, Assembly B-2, 2011

Osamu Yokonami
Assembly B-2, 2011
digital pigment print
1044 x 1259 mm, edition of 3
614 x 740 mm, edition of 7

Press Release

For AIPAD 2018, De Soto Gallery will present works by Osamu Yokonami: new images exhibited for the first time from his ongoing Assembly series (2012-2017) alongside highlights from the entire body of work, and a 75-piece installation of portraits from his prodigious 1000 Children project (2010-2013). Created in tandem, the twin series consider conceptions of selfhood and the subtleties of human emotion, suggesting an essential congruence between individual expression and communal belonging.

For 1000 Children, Yokonami photographed one thousand schoolgirls in identical dress and setting. In stark, half-length portraits, each of the girls poses with a piece of fruit held precariously between her left ear and shoulder, a tricky task that elicits varied reactions. The slightest differences stand out but viewed en masse they indicate a pattern of conformity.

In Assembly, similarly uniformed girls act in unison as they hike, run, rest, huddle, and scatter through idyllic landscapes. Formal simplicity and rhythmic repetition emphasize the power of group dynamics, highlighting a connection between nature and culture and reminding us of our universal collectivity.

Osamu Yokonami (b. 1967, Kyoto, Japan) has had recent solo exhibitions in Japan and the United States, and participated in the Daegu Photo Biennial. His personal and commercial work is widely known in Japan, appearing regularly in numerous publications. Yokonami is based in Tokyo, Japan.