Kimiko Yoshida - Design Bureau

Painting (Medusa, by Caravaggio) Self-portrait, 2010

Painting (Goddess of War Athena, by Klimt) Self-portrait, 2010

Painting (Knight of the Holy Sepulchre) Self-portrait, 2010

Painting (Maria Magdalena, by Titian). Self-portrait, 2010

Painting (Ophelia, by Delacroix) Self-portrait, 2010

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Kimiko Yoshida

Monday, September 20th, 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.

Yoshida is currently exhibiting her work in a show called Là où je ne suis pas at La Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. The show runs from September 7 - October 31.  For more information, including the artist statement, "The Cogito Kimiko," visit

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