Miwa Yanagi - KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture London Wednesday, April 2, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Almine Rech, Paris

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Elevator Girls series was about myself as well as other Japanese women. When I started the series, I was working as a teacher after graduating from university. Back then, I strongly felt that I was just playing a role in a standardized society, having a particular occupation in a particular setting. I did not work as an elevator girl literally, but the idea resonated in me in a symbolic way. ... It represented myself and my circumstances. A young woman who operates an elevator works in a narrow, box-like space, which elevator girls call “the basket. ” They have to repeat the same gesture over and over all day. I felt that the Elevator Girls series was very cynical in the beginning when I started it as a performance, not as photography. I had a woman sit still in the same posture smiling in a narrow space wearing an elevator girl's uniform. I also had women keep sitting or smiling in a real-size elevator hall which I created…But, my work was not meant to be all negative because creating something negative is not my interest.Through my work, I also wanted to express the feeling of intoxication.
    MiwaYanagai speaking at Yanagi Studio, Kyoto, Japan, 19 August, 2001, Journal of Contemporary Art, Inc.



Elevator girl house 3F


Colour coupler print, Diasec mounted.

79.4 x 106 cm. (31 2/8 x 41 6/8 in).

Signed and numbered 5/15 in ink on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

£4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for £5,000

KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture

3 Apr 2008, 6pm