Domestic Scandals by Takashi Yasumura

Published by Osiris (2005)
92 Pages, 24 x 20 cm, Hardcover

The photographs in Yasumura’s series, Domestic Scandals, were taken in his parents’ middle class home in Japan over the course of seven years. Using a four-by-five-inch camera, the artist focuses on objects as found in the home’s interior, where traditional Japanese decorations and objects have been replaced by or are juxtaposed with modern, plastic and mass-produced goods. The colour-saturated photographs of everyday items and backgrounds – a hot pink stapler against cool tiled walls, a boom box placed near sliding doors, and a pair of Spiderman slippers on a linoleum-covered floor – are void of the sentimentality thought to exist within the domestic realm. With humour and irony, Takashi Yasumura documents the paradoxical beauty found in the meeting of traditional and modern objects.