‘painting (hugo ball in cubist costume at the cabaret voltaire). self-portrait’ by kimiko yoshida, 2010 courtesy paco rabanne. © kimiko yoshida

artist kimiko yoshida left japan and based herself in paris where she has been continually exploring gender and the body through her on going series of self-protraits. these large sqaure photographs depict the artist in a series of poses and costumes, each with a mostly monochromatic colour theme. yoshida ‘s monochrome approach is described as a ‘disappearance’. as she describes ‘art is a subtle process of transposition, an assiduous struggle with the state of things. to be there where I think I am not, to disappear where I think I am, that is what matters.’ in each work yoshida is outfitted with a series of accessories, often haute couture designs created by paco rabanne. furthermore, the works and titles are often created with a view of art history in mind. yoshida’s self-portraits are currently on show in the exhibition ‘la ou je ne suis pas’ running until october 31st at la maison europeene de la photographie in paris.

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kimiko yoshida : painting. self portrait ‘painting (el conquistador hernan cortes as el dorado). self-portrait’ by kimiko yoshida, 2010 courtesy paco rabanne. © kimiko yoshida

kimiko yoshida : painting. self portrait ‘painting (monna lisa). self-portrait’ by kimiko yoshida, 2010 courtesy paco rabanne. © kimiko yoshida

kimiko yoshida : painting. self portrait ‘painting (balthazar castiglione by raphaël). self-portrait’ by kimiko yoshida, 2010 courtesy paco rabanne. © kimiko yoshida

kimiko yoshida : painting. self portrait ‘painting (ophelia by delacroix). self-portrait’ by kimiko yoshida, 2010 courtesy paco rabanne. © kimiko yoshida

kimiko yoshida : painting. self portrait ‘painting (last samurai katsumoto). self-portrait’ by kimiko yoshida, 2010 courtesy paco rabanne. © kimiko yoshidakimiko yoshida : painting. self portrait ‘painting (pallas, the greek goddess of wisdom, crafts & arts, by botticelli). self-portrait’ by kimiko yoshida, 2010 courtesy paco rabanne. © kimiko yoshida

kimiko yoshida : painting. self portrait ‘painting (goddess of war Athena by klimt). self-portrait’ by kimiko yoshida, 2010 courtesy paco rabanne. © kimiko yoshida

kimiko yoshida : painting. self portrait ‘painting (dona isabel de porcel by goya). self-portrait’ by kimiko yoshida, 2010 courtesy paco rabanne. © kimiko yoshida

kimiko yoshida : painting. self portrait ‘painting (man in a golden helmet by rembrandt). self-portrait’ by kimiko yoshida, 2010 courtesy paco rabanne. © kimiko yoshida