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Impersonations: Morimura, Colette, and Dellsperger in Costume

Impersonations: Morimura, Colette, and Dellsperger in Costume IMPERSONATIONS Morimura, Colette, and Dellsperger in Costume Elisabeth Kley Yasumasu Morimura, An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo, Luhring Augustine, NY, 2001; Colette, Maison de la Lumière, Egizio’s Project, NY, 2002; Brice Dellsperger, Body Double 15, Team Gallery, NY, 2002. asumasa Morimura, the Japanese artist renowned for meticulous impersonations of the feminine icons found in European and North American entertainment and art, has now moved south. His project, An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo, recreated the celebrated Mexican painter’s fantastic self-portraits as a lush extravaganza of exotic Hollywood camp. Printed on canvas and often elaborately framed, Morimura’s digitally manipulated photographs feature painted backdrops against which the artist is seen, dressed in replicas of Kahlo’s elaborate folk costumes, sometimes accessorized with Japanese ribbons and flags. An unexpected affinity between Mexican and Japanese traditional attire emerges, most notably in An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Will to Live). Like a consummate geisha, Morimura sits on a wooden chair, festooned with heavy jewelry and solemnly holding a flag embroidered with the Chinese characters for “life” and “cut.” Behind him is a hospital bed upon which he again appears, swathed Y in sheets that open to reveal two bloody wounds in his back. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

Impersonations: Morimura, Colette, and Dellsperger in Costume

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art , Volume 25 (3) – Sep 1, 2003

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2003 Performing Arts Journal, Inc.
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/152028103322491728
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IMPERSONATIONS Morimura, Colette, and Dellsperger in Costume Elisabeth Kley Yasumasu Morimura, An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo, Luhring Augustine, NY, 2001; Colette, Maison de la Lumière, Egizio’s Project, NY, 2002; Brice Dellsperger, Body Double 15, Team Gallery, NY, 2002. asumasa Morimura, the Japanese artist renowned for meticulous impersonations of the feminine icons found in European and North American entertainment and art, has now moved south. His project, An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo, recreated the celebrated Mexican painter’s fantastic self-portraits as a lush extravaganza of exotic Hollywood camp. Printed on canvas and often elaborately framed, Morimura’s digitally manipulated photographs feature painted backdrops against which the artist is seen, dressed in replicas of Kahlo’s elaborate folk costumes, sometimes accessorized with Japanese ribbons and flags. An unexpected affinity between Mexican and Japanese traditional attire emerges, most notably in An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Will to Live). Like a consummate geisha, Morimura sits on a wooden chair, festooned with heavy jewelry and solemnly holding a flag embroidered with the Chinese characters for “life” and “cut.” Behind him is a hospital bed upon which he again appears, swathed Y in sheets that open to reveal two bloody wounds in his back.

Journal

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: Sep 1, 2003

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