Artist Profile: Kimiko Yoshida


Best-known for her self-portrait series, Kimiko Yoshida gathers 400 of her self-portraits, shot between 2001 and 2010.

 Kimiko Yoshida was selected as one of the self-portrait artists who express different concepts of identity for Artstein's  "Beyond the Face: Contemporary Self-Portrait Artists" feature. In this video, the artist has gathered four hundred self-portraits of her own, it is amazing to view them consecutively, showcasing four hundred different characters.

 Published by La Maison Europeenne de la Photographie (MEP, Paris, France).

My quasi-monochrome self-portraits – large, square, subtly lit monochromic photographs – constitute my signature works since 2001. The conceptual protocol behind my self-portraits is invariable: always the same minimalist etiquette, same setting, same subject, same lighting, same framing… Thus, the same face is repeatedly portrayed but is never identical to itself. The more the figure is repeated, the more different it becomes.

No Photoshop no editing: just make-up and shooting.

Art is a subtle process of transposition, an assiduous struggle with the state of things. The only raison d’être of art is to transform what art alone can transform.

Remember John Lennon (I Am the Walrus):

« I am he as you are he as you are me… »

All that’s not me, that’s what interests me.
— Kimiko Yoshida