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Tokyo Rumando
Orphée (SIGNED)

Photographs by Tokyo Rumando

Text by Toshiki Soma (Japanese / English)

Design by Lo Ling-Ning

Zen Foto Gallery, 2014

Edition of 500 copies

Softcover with large obi

84 pp., b/w illustrated throughout

182 x 225 mm

Item #0798

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Rumando is in a room, standing staring into a mirror. But this mirror is enchanted. It not only reflects reality, but also retrieves lost memories, indeed memories of Rumando herself. It opens up a path into a strange world. Anxiety and fear, dark desire and pleasure, decadence and madness, and then death and the void are revealed and magnified by this mirror. Rumando lies under a curse of memory and fate, as tendrils of darkness suffocate her body and soul. She disintegrates under the pull of a magnetic field emanating from the alien world in the enchanted mirror.

In this work Rumando confronts the darkness of memory. She says that this work is like a ritual for the purification and forgetting of memory. And yet, she seems reluctant to let these memories go. Thus, if she can accept back into her life those dark memories, and live together with them as part of her existence, then these nude self-portraits might represent a true purification rite.  — Toshiki Soma

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