Japan is an overwhelming and intriguing country to focus on when you have a predilection for uniforms, architecture and bright packaging. With a new configuration of photographs, selected by curator Karra Rees—including previously unseen images—Japan Portraits revisits a suite of images Selina Ou made during an Australia Council Tokyo residency. The exhibition displays a range of individuals working in temples, shops, gardens and markets and reflects a society balancing ancient traditions with current global trends. Ou spends only a short time with each person, introducing herself and her practice and inviting them to pose for her camera. From this frozen moment within their daily routine, a glimpse of the individual is revealed beyond the societal rank of their occupation, as each one stares out or back at the viewer. Ou is returning to Japan this year to create new work for the 2008 Oyamazaki Festa.
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