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YURIKO TAKAGI: SEI. Editions Xavier Barral, Paris, 2014. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 64 pp. with 28 ills. 35 x 25 cm. ISBN 9782365110280 Bilingual in French and English.
Large format. Publisher's description: This lusciously produced volume examines the multiple meanings deriving from a single word, also exploring how seemingly similar images can be perceived so differently as a result of our personal associations. 'Sei' is a Japanese word which, although always pronounced the same, can be represented by no less than 28 kanji characters with a diverse host of meanings: star, voice, blue, sex, energy, death, betrayal, peace of mind, purity. Here, the photographer Yuriko Takagi opens up this semantic cacophony, in depictions of 28 flower buds, each of which is associated with a separate kanji character. Streaked, folded petals, downy pistils, silken stamens, woolly aigrettes: are these flowers, sexual organs, bits of creased taffeta, or puffed-up tissue paper? Takagi's images are as polymorphic as the kanji that inspired them. Acclaimed writer Alberto Manguel explores the 28 meanings of the word 'sei' in the accompanying text.
Artist(s):Takagi, Yuriko
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Asia (Western Style) — Japan — Post-2000 — Photography — Women Artists
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 166273
Hardcover $85.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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