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Miyuki Okuyama Gallery

Miyuki Okuyama, in her series Safe Playground that she has been working on, off and on, for the past six years, constructs pseudo-landscape scenes using miniature props. Shooting these with toy and pinhole cameras, these dark and moody scapes may bear little relation to the staid spaces of The Netherlands where she now makes her home, but they are perhaps a closer reflection of how Okuyama is negotiating her island of existence between her homeland of Japan and her current domicile, and that no man’s land between the mystery and wonder of childhood and the stifling practicality of adulthood.

Perhaps we do a disservice to the work even mentioning the low-fi, constructed nature of it — after all, what photography isn’t constructed? There is no “real thing” when it comes to photography, or for that matter, memory, and longing. They are all constructions, and all very low-fi — muddy, blurry, and fragile.

Miyuki Okuyama – From Safe Playground

Miyuki Okuyama was born in Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture, in 1973. She received both a BA and MA in Studio Art from the University of Alabama in the US, and has been based in The Netherlands for the last few years. Her work has been exhibited in the US, Europe and at home, and was recently part of a three-person exhibition at The Empty Quarter in Dubai. In 2006, she was a finalist for the Hitotsubo-Ten prize (previous winners include Rinko Kawauchi, Mika Ninagawa, and Shin Suzuki).

See also our extended gallery with work by Miyuki Okuyama.