Mayumi Hosokura: New Skin (Mack Books, 2020)

Mayumi Hosokura (b. 1979, Kyoto, Japan) was recipient of 2011 FOAM magazine Talent award. She has exhibited widely in Japan, with exhibitions including at FOTOGRAFIA, Rome (2011) and FOAM, Amsterdam (2011).

Publications: Jubilee, artbeat publishers (2017); Transparency is the new mystery, MACK (2016); Floaters, waterfall (2014); Crystal Love Starlight, TYCOON BOOKS (2014).


Deeply affected by Donna Haraway’s writing, New Skin is Mayumi Hosokura’s proposition for a new way of thinking about identity, the body and desire. Its origin is one single, large-scale digital collage which Hosokura created using clippings from old gay magazines, statues, and found selfies, together with her own photographs — specifically choosing to use images of male figures only.

Subsequently cut into 12 separate pieces the resulting fragments blur the boundaries between man and woman, human and animal, living and non-living beings; hybrid works that reimagine what it means to be human and which unsettle social conventions of desire.

Publisher’s Info

Publisher: Mack Books

Related Post: Mayumi Hosokura: Jubilee (artbeat publishers, 2017) on Bilderwald, 16.08.2018.