Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

Sayuri Ichida,Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

Sayuri Ichida
Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

Photographs: Sayuri Ichida

Publisher: self published

132 pages

Pictures: 120

Year: 2021

Comments: Softcover, handmade binding, 12,5 x 10 cm, artist's book designed bu Tomasz Laczny. b&w photographs printed in silver risograph on black paper. Edition of 50 copies signed by Sayuri Ichida.

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Sayuri Ichida’s Absentee is a book that feels. It functions as the sum of its parts, building a tense atmosphere as it goes. In many ways, it is a collection of separate photoshoots and experiments with different ways of approaching the ideas Ichida is trying to express, brought together through a binding reminiscent of Kikuji Kawada’s The Map (1965), with multiple gatefold spreads that house their own four-image sequences.

The gatefold presentation adds significant weight to this book. The outside pair of photographs – those we see before the gatefold is opened up – are typically duplicates or very similar in form; the image on the right page is often merely a reprint of the left, but copied, flipped or rotated. Elsewhere, especially within the four images constituting the inside of these foldout pages, such portraiture is set among highly sculptural images of cracked concrete, anonymous buildings, clouds and drawn curtains. The body seems here to be reduced to shapes and forms, lumps of flesh raw and exposed (we see no clothes; if ever the body were to be described as “vulnerable”, it would be here, where every instance of it is either hiding or obscured). The scenes of the external world, broken, decrepit and lifeless as they are, feel to me like a mirror to the internal world of Absentee’s faceless models.

Excerpt from the book review by Callum Beaney

https://www.1000wordsmag.com/category/issue/


Sayuri Ichida,Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

Sayuri Ichida,Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

Sayuri Ichida,Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

Sayuri Ichida,Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

Sayuri Ichida,Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

Sayuri Ichida,Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

Sayuri Ichida,Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

Sayuri Ichida,Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

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Sayuri Ichida,Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

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Sayuri Ichida,Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

Sayuri Ichida,Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

Sayuri Ichida,Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

Sayuri Ichida,Absentee (Only 50 Copies)

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