Photographer and artist Michiko Kon uses everyday items (shoes, hats etc.) and foodstuffs such as fish and fruit to create curious objects and stage scenes from an enigmatic, strange otherworld.
Kon’s work has attracted critical attention both in her native Japan and internationally for her imaginative combination of ordinary items and the mysterious nature of her creations. Philia includes forewords by the artist and the Japanese poet Takashi Mutsuo, a long interview with Michiko Kon, essays by Tate Modern senior curator Nakamori Takafumi and art critic Mizusawa Tsutomu as well as an extensive overview of her career and is a perfect book for anyone interested in Michiko Kon’s art.
Philia is published to commemorate Michiko Kon’s exhibition of the same title at the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, includes more than one hundred of her works from early in her career to her recent works.
Kokushokankokai, 192pp, 28.4cm × 23mm, hardcover, 2022 (Japanese/English text)
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