Otaku by Charinthorn Rachurutchata

This series is directly influenced by Otaku culture, bringing aspects of Anime and Manga into photography. I have explored before how the rise of Kawaii and Otaku was a reaction to the Post-hiroshima treatment of Japan. Artists like Takashi Murakami has said how the events lead Japan to a child like state. Becoming obsessed with cartoons, colour, figurines and super heroes, the relationship between Japan and America became that of a child and parent.

Charinthorn Rachurutchata is a current photographer who has exhibited around the world and uses her love for Otaku culture in her work.

It’s interesting to note her use of colour and religious symbolism, it reminds me of the work of David LaChapelle and Pierre et Gilles. Combining pop culture, religion, sex and kitch colours to explore the role certain people play within society. Also reminiscent of  Soasig Chamaillard.

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