Hideka Tonomura

b. 1979, Kobe, Japan

Hideka Tonomura graduated from the Broadcasting and Filmmaking Department of Visual Arts Osaka, before working as a photographer in 2002. In 2003, she was awarded Nikon Juna21 prize, a prize started in 1999 to discover young talent in the photography field. Tonomura’s work has been exhibited in photo fairs including fotofever in Paris, France (2015); Tokyo Photo in Tokyo, Japan (2013) and NoFound Photo Fair in Paris, France (2012).

About the work
With her photography, Tonomura revealed her deepest pain and dark family secrets, including her mother’s love affair with another man. The subject of the photographs i.e. mama in mama love (2008) series, is fully aware of the existence of the camera, at times even looking into the camera. She appears as the victim in her different relationships within her family and the society. These photographs are confrontational and painful to look at, they are at the same time filled with violence and love. Nobuyoshi Araki writes the Obi for this photo book saying "Playing around with the darkness." They called me Yukari (2007-09) and orange elephant (2016) also reveal Tonomura's life after coming to Tokyo, working in hostess bars, her sexual experiences and the alienation of the metropolis.

Exhibition details of "Shikijo: eroticism in Japanese photography" (7.5 - 25.6.2016)

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