Yoshinori Mizutani - Photographs London Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | Phillips
  • Exhibited

    Foam Magazine Talent 2014, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, 18 - 21 September, 2014; Atelier Neerlandais, Paris, 10 October - 23 November 2014; East Wing Gallery, Dubai, 25 December 2014 - 10 January 2015
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  • Literature

    Y. Mizutani, Tokyo Parrots, Tokyo: Amana, 2014, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Tokyo is not a place where one would expect to find wild, brightly coloured birds. In the 1960s, rose-ringed parakeets were brought over to Japan from Sri Lanka and India to be sold as pets. Some escaped while others were released, thus forming a feral population that spread all over the city. These birds became the subject of Mizutani’s captivating series Tokyo Parrots. Struck by his initial encounter with a few parakeets near his house, Mizutani chased them around Tokyo and soon discovered a large roost in a ginkgo tree on the campus of the Tokyo Institute of Technology where he saw the spectacle of hundreds of yellow-green, fluorescent winged creatures. Working at night with a bright flash, he spent over a year photographing the parakeets.

    In Tokyo Parrots 023, the flattened plane of the image, the bright colours of the birds, and the linear arrangement of the power lines create a unique and disorienting perspective on the urban space. Mizutani was selected for Foam Talent for this series in 2014. In 2016, he collaborated with Issey Miyake Men for their Spring/Summer collection, printing images from Tokyo Parrots onto fabrics to create wearable art. Mizutani’s work is held in a number of collections, including the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts and the Baltimore Museum of Art.



Tokyo Parrots 023

Archival pigment print, flush-mounted.
Image/Sheet: 105.4 x 96.2 cm (41 1/2 x 37 7/8 in.)
Frame: 115 x 101 cm (45 1/4 x 39 3/4 in.)

Signed in Japanese, dated in ink, printed title and number AP1/AP2 on a Certificate of Authenticity affixed to the reverse of the frame.

This work is AP1 from the sold-out edition of 3 + 2 AP.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £6,875

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London Auction 18 May 2017