05/12/2011 03:34 pm ET | Updated Jul 12, 2011

Kimiko Yoshida Meets Paco Rabanne: Painting. Self-Portrait

Since she fled her homeland to escape the mortifying servitude and humiliating fate of Japanese women, Kimiko Yoshida -- through what is called "self-portraits" -- has refined and amplified a feminist stance of protest, cultivated and distanced from "current affairs". She balances this dynamic against contemporary clichés of seduction, voluntary servitude of women, stereotypes of "gender" and biological determinism of heredity.

Kimiko Yoshida's quasi-monochrome self-portraits are well known and well acknowledged. These large, square, subtly lit monochromic photographs have constituted her signature works since 2001.

Her new series of photographs, majestic and indecipherable portraits conceived with the history of art in mind, is titled Painting. Self-portrait. This symbolic transposition of the chefs-d'oeuvre of the old masters into large archival prints on canvas is based essentially on the diversion of haute couture garments and accessories designed by Paco Rabanne. Born in Tokyo (1963), Kimiko Yoshida has lived in Europe since 1995.
" To be there where I think I am not, to disappear where I think i am, That is what matters."
~~Kimiko Yoshida
Courtesy Kimiko Yoshida / Jean-Michel Ribettes
Painting. Self-portrait is currently on exhibit at Ruarts Gallery, Moscow
April 4- May 21, 2011
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