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Tomoko Sawada (Japanese, b.1977)
LOT ID: 93987
ID400 #201-300 (100 works), 1998

Silver Print, Gelatin Silver Print
47 х 37 in. (119.38 x 93.98 cm.)
Signed
Lot description
The overall image measures 47 x 37 inches (119.4 x 94 cm), The work is framed under plexiglass, 49 x 39.25 cm (124.5 x 99.7 cm).

Tomoko Sawada’s “ID 400" is a set of 100 self-portraits of the artist, part of a larger series of 400 self-portraits. A compilation of 100 sheets, each sheet is a 4 x 3.5 inch (10.2 x 8.9 cm) photo booth strip consisting of four repeated ID-size images. The work addresses the issue of maintaining identity and individuality in this age of widespread conformity to popular culture. Adopting a variety of personalities, from punk rocker to businesswoman and everything in between, Sawada used public photo booths throughout Japan to have her picture taken. Similar to Cindy Sherman, Sawada uses makeup, masks, and costumes to radically alter her appearance, turning her self-images into anonymous portraits. The repetition reinforces this sense of anonymity and suggests a certain cold detachment, like an ID photo, which reduces each of our identities to a single image. Sawada's series is an astute examination of the relationship between personality and outward appearance.
ID400 #201-300 (100 works) by Tomoko Sawada
  • ID400 #201-300 (100 works) by Tomoko Sawada
  • ID400 #201-300 (100 works) by Tomoko Sawada
  • ID400 #201-300 (100 works) by Tomoko Sawada
  • ID400 #201-300 (100 works) by Tomoko Sawada
  • ID400 #201-300 (100 works) by Tomoko Sawada
  • ID400 #201-300 (100 works) by Tomoko Sawada
  • ID400 #201-300 (100 works) by Tomoko Sawada
  • ID400 #201-300 (100 works) by Tomoko Sawada
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