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In Tomoko Sawada’s Decoration series the artist dresses herself in the recent fashion trend of Gothic-Lolita amongst Japanese teenagers, addressing the ritual of group aesthetics and questions of belonging. Using makeup, costume and facial gesture, Sawada emulates a femininity yearned by many girls, a femininity which exemplifies the decorative side of womanhood. Yet through Sawada’s repetition of the image of Gothic-Lolita, the question of individuality within a homogenous group blurs the meaning of belonging.

 
Manuel Álvarez Bravo

Manuel Álvarez Bravo

Antonio Caballero

Antonio Caballero

Graciela Iturbide

Graciela Iturbide

Yasumasa Morimura

Yasumasa Morimura

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

Jo Ann Callis

Jo Ann Callis

Wayne Lawrence

Wayne Lawrence

Katsumi Watanabe

Katsumi Watanabe

Nancy Burson

Nancy Burson

Cristina Garcia Rodero

Cristina Garcia Rodero

Nikki S. Lee

Nikki S. Lee

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