Osamu Yokonami


November 16 – December 22, 2013

Osamu Yokonami: Assembly (installation view), November 16 - December 22, 2013

Osamu Yokonami: Assembly (installation view), November 16 - December 22, 2013

Press Release

For the inaugural exhibition at a new location, De Soto Gallery is pleased to present Assembly, a series of photographs by the Japanese photographer, Osamu Yokonami. This is Yokonami's first solo exhibition in the United States. 

Osamu Yokonami explores collective identity through the use of group portraiture. His recent series, Assembly, gently illustrates the philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s idea, which claims that; “individuals have become "dividuals," and masses, samples, data, markets, or ‘banks,’” by focusing on the personality of the group while each individual remains anonymous. The images depict identically dressed girls acting in unison in familiar, dreamlike landscapes. With a subtle sense of humor, Yokonami creates idyllic, if not surreal, scenes that consider the fine line between innocence and vice and the interconnectedness we have with each other and with nature. Assembly is a macro lens counter-balance to his ongoing series,100 Children, in which Yokonami photographs uniformed schoolchildren, all the same age, holding fruit between the left shoulder and the left ear, demonstrating how uniqueness can shine through homogeneity of a standardized ideal.

Osamu Yokonami (b. 1967, Kyoto, Japan) has exhibited in solo and group shows in Tokyo and has participated in the Daegu Photo Biennial. His personal and commercial work is widely known in Japan with his images appearing regularly in numerous publications. Yokonami is based in Tokyo, Japan.

Gallery hours are from Thursday thru Sunday, noon to 6pm, and by appointment. For visuals and additional information please contact: Shelley De Soto at shelley@desotogallery.com or 323-253-2255.