Womanhood in late-capitalist Japan through the lenses of photographers Miwa Yanagi and Tomoko Sawada

Lee, Geraldine Tze-Lyn (2017) Womanhood in late-capitalist Japan through the lenses of photographers Miwa Yanagi and Tomoko Sawada. Masters thesis, Lasalle college of the arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Womanhood in late-capitalist Japan through the lenses of photographers Miwa Yanagi and Tomoko Sawada
Synopsis:

This thesis engages the medium of photography, delving into the photographic oeuvre of Miwa Yanagi (b. 1967) and Tomoko Sawada (b. 1977) to describe and critique the Japanese female condition, framed against the backdrop of societal malaise in fin de siècle Japan. It interrogates the influence of the socio-cultural and political environment on female identity formation and how these factors have impacted the work of contemporary Japanese women photographers. Women’s photography explores what lies at the intersection of the feminist critique of patriarchy and postmodernist critique of representation. It presents “woman” as subject rather than object, leading to concerted retrieval of the terms of visualisation and an investigation of interactions of looking and questions of identity. In their observations of Japanese women, Yanagi and Sawada’s art crystallise the points of intersection between the diverse conditions and values in society and women’s complex inner selves, revealing a uniquely Japanese women’s sensibility in their negotiation of pursuing the life they want to live, within the strictures of a still conservative Asian society.

Subjects: Art History
Divisions: Faculty of Fine Arts > Master - Asian Art Histories
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 10:00
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2018 10:00
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/550
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