Publisher: Kyoto: Akaaka Art Publishing, Inc., 2007
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 110905
First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the half-title page by Ishiuchi. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards with title printed in white on the cover and spine; with matching dust jacket and 3-1/2 inch printed obi. Within the illustrated hard cover, the pages are bound in matte white wrappers and glued to the inside back cover. Photographs and text (in Japanese and English) by Miyako Ishiuchi. Includes an illustrated list of plates, a biography, exhibition history and collections list. Designed by Hideki Nakajima (Nakajima Design Ltd.). Unpaginated (92 pp.), with 68 black-and-white plates beautifully printed (mostly full-bleed) in Japan. 11-1/4 x 8-1/2 inches.
Fine in Fine dust jacket. A mint, signed copy.
Innocence represents the culmination of Ishiuchi's long-running investigation of scars.
From the artist: "For the past year or two, I have had many opportunities to meet women with scars and have made an intense photographic study of them. I don't know why, but I had arbitrarily decided that women with scars were completely innocent and pure. I had only vague grounds for why I thought so, but in the process of producing Innocence I began to have some confidence in that belief. This is because I came to recognize the issues that I had been holding over from [the earlier work] 1*9*4*7. In the interval, almost twenty years have gone by. What Innocence says is that just as self, individuality, and the like when piled on the plate of time seem silly and inconsequential, so youth and age, beauty and ugliness on the surface of the body are pretty much just two sides of the same coin. And recently I feel that the relationship between myself and photographs, what photographs should be, and the perspective of distance have all finally become clear for me."
Ishiuchi is the winner of the 2014 Hasselblad Award.
From the Hasselblad Foundation: "During a period of 35 years Miyako Ishiuchi has established an international career, which is both impressive and highly significant. Her strength of character and uncompromising vision has resulted in some of the most powerful as well as personal representations of postwar Japan. Ishiuchi's work is extremely coherent and developing in a determined and distinctive way; using the camera and all of its aesthetic potential to investigate the intersection of the political and the personal aspects of memory Ishiuchi has been both a pioneer and a role model for younger artists, not least as a woman working in the male-dominated field of Japanese photography. She has continued to innovate, explore and agitate throughout her career, both in terms of ideas and of her style and approach."