Nostagic Hentai

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nostalgic hentai

Nostagic Hentai
Misaki Kawabe
Revolver

 

Softcover
32 pages
240×170 mm
2010
ISBN: 978-3-86895-068-7

 

Nostalgic Hentai” is an artists book. The content is comprised by painted underwear and found images. The watercolors are opposed with found material, which appears to originate from Berlin flea-markets: German Olympia-collectibles of the 30ies, which depict Japanese athletes, vernacular photography depicting bathing people, a playing card with hearts, a Japanese stamp.

Even if Kawabe is taking up historical predecessors such as Araki, Takase and Tomatsu, the way the found material is treated, and also the precise and sensitive watercolors reveal a different, more gentle approach. If the Japanese artist, especially with the selection of photographs, is retracing her own identity, remains open.

Misaki Kawabe was educated in Japan and the US, holding an M.F.A. in Painting, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. and a B.A. in Painting, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo.
www.misakikawabe.com

Revolver Publishing was founded in 2008 by Christof Keller. It is a Berlin based publisher.

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