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Bubblegum Tokyo: The Work of Karasumaru Yumi

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Karasumaru Yumi‘s work combines images of Japan’s past and present. The recurring image of the atomic bomb collides against images of the fashion-conscious youths of Harajuku. And yet Karasumaru’s distinctive candy-coloured palette seems to somehow reduce these images to the same thing; yet another image in a media saturated culture. Indeed Japanese popular culture is saturated by references to the bomb in everything from anime like Akira, to Godzilla movies.

As the generation that experienced the war is dying off, so Japan’s influential history is becoming increasingly difficult for young people to imagine. And yet the photographic image represents history, something as real as the images of contemporary Tokyo. It is this contradiction which lies at the heart of Karasumaru’s work.













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