Kimiko Yoshida

Japanese Photographer | Born: 1963

Kimiko Yoshida is a Japanese visual artist who was born in 1963 and lives in Europe since 1995.

Subtle, fictional, paradoxical, Kimiko Yoshida’s Bachelor Brides form an ensemble of quasi-monochromatic self-portraits, fragments of an intimate web, elaborating on a singular story: the feminine condition in Japan. Her images are large format, luminous squares, underlining her fantasy-bio epic. While still very young, Kimiko Yoshida was struck by the story of her own mother, who met her husband for the first time on her wedding day. Kimiko Yoshida’s own story is compelling. Born in Japan, she left to France in 1995, where she adopted a new language, a new way to live, to create. She studied photography at the Ecole Nationale at Arles, later she went to "Le Fresnoy Studio" at Tourcoing, France.

Kimiko Yoshida has been concentrating on this series of "intangible self-portraits" which can be read as a quest for the hybridization of cultures, for the transformation of the being, and perhaps even as a deletion of identities. The metamorphosis of her own identity into a multiplicity of identifications expresses the fading of uniqueness, the "deconstruction" of the self.

Source: Gallery 51


Kimiko Yoshida was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1963. Feeling oppressed as a woman, she left Japan in 1995 and moved to France to pursue her artistic ambitions. She studied at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles and the Studio National des Arts Contemporains in "Le Fresnoy". Since gaining her artistic freedom, Yoshida has been working prolifically. Her work revolves around feminine identity and the transformative power of art. In her most recent project, “Painting. Self-Portrait” she wears elaborate costumes and paints her skin in a monochrome color that matches the background. The monochromatic elements accentuate the fashion of Yoshida’s costumes. For the artist, the costume is "the field of diversion, detournement, and deflection." The visual elements, coupled with the titles’ reference to artists and paintings of the past (Ophelia by Delacroix, The Torero Bride with a Black Suit of Lights, Remembering Picasso), are meant to come together to challenge conventional notions and traditions of art and cultural identity. "I want an image that tries to rethink its own meanings and references." For her self-portraits, Yoshida received the International Photography Award in 2005. She continues to exhibit worldwide, and her work is found in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museum of Houston, the Israel Museum, the Kawasaki City Museum, and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.

Source: Holden Luntz Photo Gallery

Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida
Kimiko Yoshida : Là où je ne suis pas
Author: Kimiko Yoshida
Publisher: Acte Sud
Year: 2010
Japanese artist Kimiko Yoshida creates wonderfully intricate self portraits that reference history in an effort to extend a feminist challenge. In her own words, Yoshida is challenging the "contemporary clichés of seduction, voluntary servitude of women, subjection to identity membership and the determinants of heredity." Her monochromatic square-format photos take inspiration from mythical and historical icons like Medusa, Athena, Louis XIV, Quetzacoatl, Andy Warhol, and Mona Lisa. Each photo features extensive costuming and painting, resulting in fantastic, singularly distinct photos comprising a cohesive series.
 
All That
Author: Kimiko Yoshida
Publisher: Acte Sud
Year: 2007
 
Marry Me ! les Mariees Intangibles
Author: Kimiko Yoshida
Publisher: Acte Sud
Year: 2003
 
David Bailey: SUMO
 
 

More Great Photographers To Discover

Lucas Foglia
Nationality: American
Born: 1983
Lucas Foglia was raised on a small family farm in New York and is currently based in San Francisco. A graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Art, Lucas’ photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pilara Foundation and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Fine Art. His work has been published in Aperture Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, British (…)
Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia
 
Alexander Anufriev
Nationality: Russia
Born: 1988
Born in Ukhta (Komi Republic, Russia) in 1988. Lives and works in Moscow.
Before photography, he worked in international advertising agencies. Currently studying at Rodchenko Art School, Moscow. Mostly work with documentary and social photography.
Alexander Anufriev
Alexander Anufriev
Alexander Anufriev
Alexander Anufriev
Alexander Anufriev
Alexander Anufriev
Alexander Anufriev
Alexander Anufriev
 
 Nadar
Nationality: French
Born: 1820 - Died: 1910

Nadar was the pseudonym of Gaspard-Félix Tournachon. Nadar was born in April 1820 in Paris (though some sources state Lyon). He was a caricaturist for Le Charivari in 1848. In 1849 he created the Revue comique and the Petit journal pour rire. He took his first photographs in 1853 and in 1858 became the first person to take aerial photographs. He also pioneered the use of artificial lighting in photography, working in the catacombs of Paris. Around 1863, Nadar built a (…)
 Nadar
 Nadar
 Nadar
 Nadar
 Nadar
 Nadar
 Nadar
 Nadar
 
Aurore Valade
Nationality: French
Born: 1981

Aurore Valade is a French photographer born in 1981. She creates images that play with iconic register of scenography. In these elaborate stagings, we are often confronted with clichés, meaningful reflections of a social, economic or cultural situation in contemporary life.
Aurore Valade
Aurore Valade
Aurore Valade
Aurore Valade
Aurore Valade
Aurore Valade
Aurore Valade
Aurore Valade
 
Jean Gaumy
Nationality: French
Born: 1948

Jean Gaumy is a French photographer and filmmaker who has been associated with Magnum Photos since 1977. Gaumy was born in Pontaillac, Charente-Maritime, France. He attended school in Toulouse and Aurillac and went to university in Rouen. While a student in Rouen, he began working as a freelance photographer to help pay for his education. In 1973 he joined Gamma (agency).

Much of his work has focused on human confinement. In 1975 he began work on two such (…)
 
Robert Mapplethorpe
Nationality: American
Born: 1946 - Died: 1989
Robert Mapplethorpe was born in 1946 in Floral Park, Queens. Of his childhood he said, "I come from suburban America. It was a very safe environment and it was a good place to come from in that it was a good place to leave."

In 1963, Mapplethorpe enrolled at Pratt Institute in nearby Brooklyn, where he studied drawing, painting, and sculpture. Influenced by artists such as Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp, he also experimented with various materials in mixed-(…)
 
Lauren Semivan
Nationality: American
Born: 1981

Lauren Semivan (b. 1981) was born in Detroit, Michigan. She received a BA in studio art from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and an MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, Paris Photo, and The AIPAD Photography Show among others. She has taught photography (…)
Lauren Semivan
Lauren Semivan
Lauren Semivan
Lauren Semivan
Lauren Semivan
Lauren Semivan
Lauren Semivan
Lauren Semivan
 
Miina Savolainen
Nationality: Finnish
Miina Savolainen is a community art oriented photographer and an art and social educator from Helsinki whose works deal social engagement. Alongside her artistic work she explores, teaches and develops the use of photography as a pedagogic and therapeutic method. Her work has resulted in the method of empowering photography. Miina Savolainen, her project The Loveliest Girl In The World and the method of empowering photography have received several awards in Finland. Miina (…)
 
Thomas Wrede
Nationality: German
Born: 1963
Thomas Wrede was born in 1963 in Iserlohn (Germany). He studied Fine Art in Muenster and Berlin. From 1998 until 2005 he taught photography at the Kunstakademie Muenster. During the last few years numerous exhibitions presented his works in- and outside of Germany. Particularly, the solo exhibitions at the Museum Kunst der Westkueste, Alkersum (2010), the Kunsthalle Bielefeld (2010) and at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Koeln (2007) and the following group exhibitions should (…)
Thomas Wrede
Thomas Wrede
Thomas Wrede
Thomas Wrede
Thomas Wrede
Thomas Wrede
Thomas Wrede
Thomas Wrede
 
David Bailey: SUMO
 
Join our newsletter
Be up-to-date with call for entries, deadlines and other news about exhibitions, galleries, publications, & special events
 
NEW! All About Photo Awards 2019 Magazine
All About Photo Awards 2019
 
 
 
The Jules Maeght Gallery is a contemporary art gallery who seeks to engage the San Francisco community by infusing European artists, young and established alike, into a diverse, multimedia dialogue.
 
TAKES U TO THE NEXT LEVEL
 
Since 2005, your guide through contemporary art from a French perspective to let you make exciting choices