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Laurie Toby Edison "Familiar Men" and "Women En Large"

Kyoto Seika University and The Third Gallery Aya of Osaka are exhibiting the works of the American photographer Laurie Toby Edison this November. Edison's photography transforms the way we see human bodies, and reveals the beauty of reality.

On November 14, 2000, the show "Photographs by Laurie Toby Edison: Worksfrom Familiar Men and Women En Large" will open at the Gallery Fleur at Kyoto Seika University, curated by Professor Rebecca Jennison. The show features photographs from Edison's work-in-progress: "Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes", including many portraits, individual portrait details, and enlargements never previously exhibited. In addition, the exhibit will include eighteen portraits from Edison's successful "Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes", works shown in the highly acclaimed"Gender: Beyond Memory" show at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 1996.
"Photographs by Laurie Toby Edison" will run until November 25, 2000.

A related exhibit from November 20 to November 25 at The ThirdGallery Aya in Osaka will feature the first photographs from Edison's brand-new work in progress, "Women of Japan", a series of clothed portraits of Japanese women of many backgrounds and cultures. The Gallery Aya exhibition also includes twenty-one photographs from "Women En Large".

In August 2001, Edison will return to Japan to participate in events surrounding the exhibition of her recent work to be held at the NationalMuseum of Art in Osaka from August 2 to September 2, curated by AkikoKasuya. In conjunction with these exhibitions, four events are scheduled:

On November 10 from 1-2:30 pm, Debbie Notkin, who wrote the text for Women En Large and is collaborating with Edison on a new art/text treatment for Familiar Men will speak about "Art, Social Change, and Community" at Kyoto Seika University.

On November 10 at 4:30 pm, Laurie Toby Edison, the photographer, will begiving a media seminar on her work at Kyoto Seika University. It willinclude portions of Shereen Noon's film "Bodies: The Value of Women".

On November 23 from 3:00-5:00 PM at Gallery Aya in Osaka, Edison, curator Akiko Kasuya and noted photographer Miyako Ishiuchi will present a panel on "Representations of the Body."

On November 25(from 3:00-5:00), both Notkin and Edison will participate in a symposium on masculinity at Gallery Fleur in Kyoto Seika University, along with Kotani Mari (writer and critic), Yamada Tomiaki(sociologist), Tazaki Hideaki (political theorist) and Matt Thorn(scholar of popular culture and manga studies.)

from Rebecca Jennison

TEL:075-702-5102
E-MAIL : rebecca@kyoto-seika.ac.jp


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