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Utatane うたたね (A Nap)

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  • Title (object)

    • Utatane うたたね (A Nap)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition.

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  • Date

    • 2001
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 24.3 centimetres (covers)
    • Width: 19.3 centimetres (covers)
  • Curator's comments

    Kawauchi Rinko was born in Shiga Pref. in 1972. Having graduated from Seinan's Women College in 1993 she joined the Osaka Advertising Research Centre. Four years later she became a freelance photographer. In September 2001 she published three books with Little More, all them spelling out hope for the future of Japanese photography. Hanabi (Fire-works), Hanako and Utatane have a certain female ambience, an observation at leisure, a mundane spirit, a gentle, careful observation, subtle, hazy colour - it all adds to the substantially new, and optimistic feeling. She won the 27th Kimura Ihei Prize for Utatane and Hanabi. 'Utatane' is an account of the cycle of birth, life and death: Awakening, childhood, and the four elements (especially fire and water) are recurring themes of the untitled images. The focus is on somebody's experience rather than their emotion. There seems to be a narrative of sorts and some associative connections between the images but a sense of ambiguity remains. Some copies of the first edition come with an alternative obi which reads: "A nap means dying" (Utatane - Shinde shimau to iu koto). (Titus Boeder, 4/07) Singed by the artist at the British Museum on 5 October 2010.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    2008 Jun-Oct 10, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.85 (Photobook number)

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