A conversation with Gagosian director Antwaun Sargent at Frieze London 2021 unpacking his exhibition exploring the dimensions of space within the context of the African diaspora.
A#1 MMM (2004-2021)
as seen by Keisuke Otobe
In celebration of the 2021 limited edition reprint of A Magazine Curated By Maison Martin Margiela (2004), the Milan-based Japanese artist Keisuke Otobe reinterpreted a series of images from inside the issue through his digital-meets-analogue photographic practice.
Through a meticulous layering of physical manipulation, flatbed scanning and collage techniques, Otobe continues the legacy of unconventional image-making that is present throughout this landmark issue – a document that unites so many diverse styles of photographic methodologies across its pages, from X-ray to cyanotypes, photocopying and more.
Starting with the transparent cover wrap with white screen-printed typography designed by Paul Boudens, Otobe delved into A#1 selecting existing imagery that corresponded to his wishes to transform bodies and objects, isolating flat imagery from the printed document and giving it a new three dimensionality.
Scroll below to investigate Otobe’s personal interpretation of this historical project, flowers and flies included.
Entitled Rhapsody In The Street, A#22 responds to the tradition of Black poetry, literature and portrait photography of the 20th century, featuring a curation of archival portfolios and other historical ephemera, as well as newly commissioned essays, poems, paintings and portraits.
An exclusive portfolio of behind-the-scenes images from the Comme des Garçons Spring Summer 2022 collections in Tokyo, Japan, photographed by Noam Levinger.