Zen Foto Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition, “orange elephant” by Hideka Tonomura from March 9 to April 2.

“orange elephant” follows her debut “mama love” (2008) and the subsequent “They called me Yukari” (2013). Her latest works again comprise monochrome and colour works, as Tonomura observes the fragility of her personal emotions and her life experiences, with her photographs in the spirit of lyric poetry.

Among these images, some are ambiguous while others are resolute, projecting her sentiment and the struggle for hope. Depression haunts us for a major part of our daily life. Perhaps it is a kind of salvation that we are able to live on. While waiting for death, hope is the only comfort. Fluid lights intersect within uncertain boundaries; the binaries of illusions and disillusions, happiness and depression, reveal the most intimate fragments of life that she encounters in private.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a photography book of the same title is newly published by Zen Foto Gallery. Designed by Hideki Nakajima in a limited edition of 700 copies.

From June 2, Hideka Tonomura’s “orange elephant” will also be exhibited at Galería About Art (Pontevedra, Spain).

Artist Profile


Born in 1979, in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture, Hideka Tonomura graduated from the Broadcasting and Filmmaking Department of Osaka Visual Arts School and began photographing in 2002. In 2008, she published her first photobook “mama love” with Akaaka Art Publishing, revealing her deepest pain and the dark, hidden secrets of her family, leaving an unforgettable impression on everyone. She published “They called me Yukari” with Zen Foto Gallery in 2013, in which she has documented the life and people around her when she was working as a hostess in Kabukicho, Shinjuku. Now actively presenting her work in and out of Japan, her recent publications include “orange elephant” (Zen Foto Gallery) in 2015 and “cheki” (Morel Books) in 2018.

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