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Extending Learning Outside the Classroom: Daring Greatly with Self-Portraiture

Community Photoworks photo by Gracie Globerman
By Gracie Globerman

L.A. 10th graders explore self-expression through photography and writing More»

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What Can You Do with Kids at the Getty Center?

A girl shows off a mask she decorated in the Getty Center's Family Room

Visit the giant bug, create a scavenger hunt on the fly, and help yourself to the giant rolling lawn. More»

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Back to School: Great Teachers Get Creative at the Core

Creative at the Core K-12 teacher workshop at the Getty Museum

A weeklong program helps teachers bring artworks into their classrooms. More»

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Communal Art Project Remakes the Flower Still Life

Sketching a moth at Family Art Lab: Still Lifes in Blossom

Kids and adults work together to create giant still lifes teeming with flowers, fruit, and insects. More»

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An Epic Performance of Homer’s “Odyssey” by L.A. Sixth Graders

Queen Arete of Phaeacia performs in Ms. Penalosa’s honors-level language arts classroom
Queen Arete of Phaeacia performs in Ms. Penalosa’s honors-level language arts classroom

Students time-travel to ancient Greece through art and theater. More»

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Play’s the Thing at Museum Game Zone

Playing ShapeScapes at Museum Game Zone

A new pilot program is all about games. More»

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Bringing the Cave Temples of Dunhuang to California Classrooms

Our group at the Dunhuang City Museum
Photo: Karen Clancy

Chinese culture comes to California classrooms. More»

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Scent, Spice, Salve at the Getty Villa

Artist Becca Lofchie
Artist Becca Lofchie in the Getty Villa’s Outer Peristyle

Ancient herbs in 21st-century life. More»

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Bringing Barbara Kruger’s “Whose Values” into the Classroom

Student with a Whose Values tag

A new lesson plan brings Barbara Kruger’s question-based art project to life for teachers and students More»

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What’s the Value of a Museum Field Trip?

High school students in conversation with docent Barbara Atherton as they examine the Bust of Commodus.
High school students in conversation with docent Barbara Atherton as they examine the Bust of Commodus.

Do museum field trips really have value? More»

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      A Chat with Photographer Tomoko Sawada

      A conversation about Japanese matchmaking traditions, self-portraiture, clothes, and identity.

      When did you start photographing yourself?
      I began making self-portraits when I was 19. It was an assignment for a photography class. I can’t even explain in Japanese why I liked them so much. It was instinctual. It’s as if I knew that this was going to be my style, that this is what I wanted to do. And I’m still doing it because I love the self-portrait, but I don’t know why. 

      What themes are you exploring in your work?
      I’m interested in the relationship between inside and outside. If you wear a sexy dress or if you wear kids clothes or casual clothes, people treat you differently. Even though you are you no matter what you wear. It’s that relationship that makes me think. 

      My new work is from when I was living in New York. When I was in New York, people didn’t think I was Japanese. Sometimes they thought I was Korean or Chines or Mongolian. Even Singaporean. It was funny, when I would go to the Japanese market, they would speak to me in English. When I went to the Korean market, they would speak to me in English again. I don’t seem to look Japanese outside of Japan. I was surprised because I think I look totally Japanese. It’s funny that people’s points of view are totally different.

      Could you talk a little about OMIAI, the series that represents a traditional Japanese matchmaking technique.
      OMIAI is a tradition that is somehow still working today. Usually, there is a matchmaker and photographs are exchanged before meeting. If both sides are interested, they can meet for lunch or dinner accompanied by their parents and steps for marriage proceed from there. In the old days, some people chose their marriage partner just through photographs, without even meeting each other. 

      When OMIAI was exhibited in Japan I saw people making various comments in from of the work. People would say things like, “she looks like a good cook; surely she would prepare delicious meals every day,” or “ this girl could be a perfect bride for my son,” or “I can tell she would not be a good housewife,” or “she’s such a graceful girl; she must be the daughter of a decent family.” Comments like that. 

      What was the process of making that work?
      I gained 10 pounds before I started taking the pictures, and in six months I lost forty pounds, because I wanted to look different in each photo. I wanted to change the way my legs looked. 

      Every weekend I went to the hair salon and put on a kimono. Then I went to the photo studio on the street in Japan. I would take a picture and then change my clothes to western dress. Then I would go to the studio again the next weekend. 

      Did you tell the photographer how you wanted it done?
      I told him I was an artist and wanted to make photographs with him. I told him to think that each weekend new girls would show up to make the OMIAI. I didn’t want him to think of me as the same girl who came every weekend. He understood the concept. 

      We had fun. While he was taking pictures, his wife would tell me how to lose weight. She gave me many tips.


      Tomoko Sawada’s work is on view at the Getty until February 21, 2016 in “The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography”

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