Wataru Yamamoto: Shimi Some Shiwa

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Wataru Yamamoto: Shimi Some Shiwa
©Wataru Yamamoto, Courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associates

Still in his late 20s, fast-rising photo artist Wataru Yamamoto burst onto the Tokyo art scene in 2010 with his 'Drawing a Line' series, which consisted of mysteriously epic self-portraits taken in the old-growth forest of Wakayama's Kumano Kodo. He's continued to make waves ever since, and now presents another highly personal work: affected by the aftermath of 3.11, Yamamoto set out to document human existence in a completely new way, substituting cloth for photo paper and shooting the unique wrinkles and sweat stains left on clothes after they've been worn. Ponder the multitudinous meanings embedded in these shots at the Yumiko Chiba Associates gallery in Nishi-Shinjuku.

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