Sakiko Nomura

Sakiko Nomura

  • Introduction

  • CV

  • Exhibitions

  • Publications

Between Night and Day

Most of Sakiko Nomura’s (*1957) male models show a frail side, removed from any sense of masculinity. The naked bodies of her friends convey instead a humanity, a sad, bounded warmth reflected in the atmospheric nighttime light that is more cloaked than revealed. It is an artificial light that can itself become the subject of the photograph. It is an illumination that emphasizes the darkness, paying it respect, and protecting its secrets. The intimacy of the portraits of men resting in hotel beds carry themselves forward in the landscapes and city images, as they glow warmly and vitally out of the darkness. The unknown hours between morning and night appear to be preferred by Sakiko Nomura, who was a longtime assistant of the spectacular Nobuyoshi Araki, from whom she learned a very different, black and white, accentuated and drastic handling with the erotic. But she managed, albeit, to find her own pictorial language, which is disconnected from any superficial effect, and conveys a reflective melancholy of man’s being at the mercy of life and the passing of time. Sakiko Nomura’s images are impressions of peace in the twists of life, of the light between night and day, of the hopeful expectation of these and other coming changes. They are images of immense beauty that are enhanced through the vulnerability and momentariness of the model and the anonymous scenery.


born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Pref., Japan

1990Graduated Kyushu Sangyo University, Faculty of Fine Arts (Department of Photography)

Began studying under Nobuyoshi Araki

since1991Photographer by Aat Room, founded by Nobuyoshi Araki
presentworking with the Aat in  Tokyo

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2004Naked Time, Kim Young Seob Photo Gallery, Seoul
SECRET HONEY, Galerie Claudia Delank, Cologne
Shonenno-toki, Sora (Boys time, Sky), art space BAKU, Fukuoka
2003Theater Moon, Solaria Plaza, Fukuoka
Kapla 3, art space BAKU, Fukuoka
Himitsu (Secret Honey), Gallery Naruyama, Tokyo
2002Cosmos, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
25 loves, seamall, Shimonoseki
2001Kapla 2, art space BAKU, Fukuoka
2000Galleria Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, Prato
Ai-no-jikan (Love time), art space BAKU, Fukuoka
Ai-no-jikan (Love time), La Camera, Tokyo
1999Kapla, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
antwerpen, art space BAKU, Fukuoka
1998Han-geshou, art space BAKU, Fukuoka
A Ripple in the Silence, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamaguchi
1997Sangatsu Onna (March Woman), gallery EVE, Tokyo
Kioku (Memory) + Kehai (Sign), NADiff, Tokyo
Hadakano-jikan (Naked Time), gallery Verita, Tokyo
Yuragi (fluctuation), art space BAKU, Fukuoka
1996A Ripple in the Silence, art space BAKU, Tokyo
Hikari-no-Jikan (Light Time), gallery Verita, Tokyo
1995gallery-oishi, Fukuoka
art space BAKU, Fukuoka
Yume-Kobo BAKU, Fukuoka
1994Hadaka-no-Heya (Naked Room), apt gallery, Tokyo
1993Hari-no-nai-Tokei (Clock without hand), egg gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2006Sommer Accrochage, Photographien von Uckey Star und Sakiko Nomura, Galerie Claudia Delank, Galerie für zeitgenössische ostasiatische Kunst
Peres Projects, Los Angeles. A Lover's Discourse: Araki, Annette Kelm, Terence Koh, Sakiko Nomura, Heinz Peter Knes, Marcos Rosales (Curated by Dean Sameshima)
Galerie Claudia Delank. Artists: Star, Uckey, Nomura, Sakiko
2004Modern Style in EAST ASIA 2004, Beijing Tokyo Art Project, Beijing
Modern Style In East Asia 2004 in Kyoto, Sfera Archive, Kyoto
CET04, Tokyo
2003KEEP IN TOUCH: Positions in Japanese Photography, Kunsthaus Graz Space 4, Graz
2001Strategies, Rupertinum, Salzburg; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano; The Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino;Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel
The genealogy of modern photography 2, Shinjuku Nikon Salon, Tokyo
Three Rooms, epSITE, Tokyo
2000The 1st Korea-Japan photo biennale, Embassy of Japan, Indeco Gallery, Seoul
From a Distance..., Galerie Almine Rech, Paris
1999Holland Festival: Attack, Arti et acmicitae, Amsterdam
Iro-no-aru-fukei (Scenery with color), epSITE, Tokyo
Tokyo Shock, Galerie Edition Objektiv, Cologne
1997The Desire & The Void (with Nobuyoshi ARAKI, Hiroshi SUGIMOTO, Miyako ISHIUCHI and others), Kunsthalle, Vienna; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen; Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel
Tama Vivant, Tama Art University, Tokyo
1996 Yutaka (Rich), Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Tokushima
1995New Tokyo Photographers, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

Books/Catalogs (Selection)

Kuroneko (A Black Cat), Tokyo, Privately Published 2002
Scobul Somegorou, Tokyo, Magazine House 2002
Ai no Jikan (Love Time), Tokyo, BPM 2000
Ichikawa Somegorou 27, Tokyo, Fusosha 2000
Yami no Oto (A Ripple in the Silence), Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum 1999
Hadaka no Jikan (Naked Time), Tokyo, Heibonsha 1997
Hadaka no Heya (Naked Room), Aat Room, Tokyo 1994

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