An image of Boot of shrimps

KON Michiko

(Japan 1955 – )

Boot of shrimps

Other titles:
Boots of shrimps
Not on display
Further information

Kon is one of the leading contemporary photographers in Japan, whose idiosyncratic images combine the familiar shapes of everyday objects with the unfamiliar textures of raw food. The surreal images she thus creates not only break a taboo (of playing with food) but take the viewer into a realm of fantasy. Kon began photography as part of her training in printmaking at Tokyo's Sôkei School of Art, from which she graduated in 1978. By the 1980s she was exhibiting widely in Japan, Europe and the United States, and was awarded the prestigious Kimura Ihee Award in 1991. Concerning the 'texture' of her work, Kon recounts an incident on a train when she saw a properly dressed teenage girl suddenly and quite naturally begin licking the metal lock on the train window. Kon relates this bizarre behaviour to her own desire to capture the uncommon, the peculiar and the disconcerting in her photographs.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 285.

Place of origin
Japan: Heisei period 1989–
gelatin silver photograph
51.1 x 41.3 cm image; 60.7 x 50.8 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r. verso, pencil "Michiko Kon". Dated l.l. verso, pencil "1995".
Purchased 1995
Accession number
© KON Michiko
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