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About The Artist

Yuki Onodera was born in Tokyo (1962). In 1993, she established a studio in Paris and began to work internationally. Onodera’s experimental work, which does not fit within schemas of “photography,” often poses two questions: what is photography, and what can be done through it? She uses any possible method to realize her works, whether this means taking photographs with a marble inside her camera, or creating a story out of a legend and traveling to the ends of the earth to shoot it. Onodera is known for making two-meter-high prints in the darkroom, painting on her photographs, and for other original hands-on methods. Her work is held in collections around the world, including those of Centre Georges Pompidou, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Shanghai Art Museum and The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Among other locations, her solo exhibitions have been held at The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2005), Shanghai Art Museum (2006), The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2010), The Museum of Photography, Seoul (2010) and Musée Nicéphore Niépce, France (2011).

“Eleventh Finger” No.15
By Yuki Onodera
Photogram on Silver Gelatin Print | Edition of X | 98.3cm x 100.5cm

This series captures people’s unconscious movements and gestures secretly, without looking through the viewfinder. The faces of the subjects are obscured by pieces of paper perforated in lacy patterns and applied to the photo through the process. With the faces of the figures covered, their movements are rendered meaningless and somewhat comical; at the same time, it seems a comment of the right to privacy. The paper is perforated in a variety of both concrete and abstract patterns, its precise handwork creating a distinctive contrast to the grainy nature of the photographs. The in the title is the finger of the photographer, taking the picture, in addition, of course, to the ten fingers of the subjects.

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