installation, 2011
three frames with photographic images | laser-engraved mounts
50 x 40 x 4 cm, 50 x 160 x 4 cm, 50 x 40 x 4 cm
Sequence  Sequence  Sequence  Sequence  Sequence 

Collected postcards from the Yoshiwara prostitute quarter in Tokyo at the turn of the 20th century have been re-arranged to suggest a sequence on a film strip never developed. Pictures of women on display as media used for correspondence entail the notion of possessing the world through its pictorial simulacra and touch on the idea of late 19th century ethnographic showcases. Through the chosen and cropped image cut-outs and the resulting narrow partitions, the repetitive motif of the bars on the images is on the one hand taken up, whilst alluding at the same time to our fragmentary view on things.
The use of cinematographic terms adapted from film editing used in the engraved inscriptions under the images, splices together various shots in order to create in the viewer's mind a contextual relationship which in turn generates the illusion of a condensed narrative. In the work Sequence, rather than setting the pictured itself in motion, the illusion of movement is relocated within the viewer himself by quasi photographic cut-ins. Initiating a film sequence in space where the time lapses between the shots are equally considered, using the terminology of film which was not yet invented at the time the images were shot, generates a temporal shift where the image and the written word do not seem to quite correspond.