Dolly Faibyshev

Sumo, 2018

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40" x 50"

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40" x 50" BLEED

Paper:
Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Photo Rag Baryta

Frame:
Museum Shadowbox Black

Price:
$2,545.00

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In my work, I’ve always been drawn to pageantry in all its forms, unique juxtapositions of color, and to visually exploring our cultural relationship to nostalgia. So, one night in March of this year, when I arrived at a theater on Broadway in New York City with the notion of photographing Sumo world champions as they performed a special exhibition for an uninitiated American audience (myself included), I really didn’t know what to expect. I was surprised to find that while I didn’t really understand the competitive aspects, I found myself mesmerized by the fluid, unconventional forms and movement showcased in this ancient Japanese spectacle, a ritual that is thousands of years old, and I tried to find a way to present it with a modern point of view. I watched them from my vantage point in dark corners in the theater as they posed for fan photos, went through their exercises, and then prepared for battle in the sumo ring, or dohyō. They spoke little English, and I spoke no Japanese, so I tried to approach their world and experience from an entirely visual standpoint, removing in my mind all of the context of combat or sport. As they acted out the same motions and traditions as they may have for their entire lives, I followed their movements and was inspired by the purity of the shapes and the spatial relationships of the bodies and gradually found myself getting more and more playful with the use of color and light.

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