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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

 Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

 Nancy Burson

Nancy Burson

 Andrew Bush

Andrew Bush

 Antonio Caballero

Antonio Caballero

 Jo Ann Callis

Jo Ann Callis

 Graciela Iturbide

Graciela Iturbide

 Wayne Lawrence

Wayne Lawrence

 Jocelyn Lee

Jocelyn Lee

 Nikki S. Lee

Nikki S. Lee

 Susan Meiselas

Susan Meiselas

 Yasumasa Morimura

Yasumasa Morimura

 
 Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

 Katsumi Watanabe

Katsumi Watanabe

 

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