The J. Paul Getty Museum

OMIAI

Object Details

Title:

OMIAI

Artist/Maker:

Tomoko Sawada (Japanese, born 1977)

Culture:

Japanese

Place:

Kobe, Japan (Place Created)

Date:

2001

Medium:

Chromogenic print

Object Number:

2015.2.5

Dimensions:

31.7 × 25.1 cm (12 1/2 × 9 7/8 in.)

Copyright:

© Tomoko Sawada

Credit Line:

Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council

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Object Description

For this series, the artist transformed herself - through the aid of costumes, wigs, make-up, and weight gain - into thirty different characters. These portraits mimic photographs traditionally produced as part of the Japanese custom of omiai, or the first meeting of couples whose marriages are being arranged, during which families exchange photographs of their children in the hope of finding a suitable husband or wife for them. This unique set of OMIAI includes vintage frames selected by the artist to represent how such portraits would traditionally be displayed in the windows of local photo studios. In this photograph, the artist has short auburn hair, is standing, and is wearing a black blouse, black pants, and black platform shoes, with a red rose pinned to her collar.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography (October 6, 2015 to February 21, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 6, 2015 to February 21, 2016