Vegetable Weapon-Nishime (Simmered Vegetables) / Fukushima, 2011

Japanese photographer Tsuyoshi Ozawa’s Vegetable Weapons series began in 2001. Since then, he has traveled around the world taking photographs of young women holding “weapons” fashioned from the ingredients needed to make an indigenous hot-pot dish. His art concludes in him making an actual hot-pot and sharing a meal. His series, which poke fun at the stupidity of war and violence, will be on display as part of a group show at Misa Shin Gallery. Noteworthy will be a recent addition to the series – a work photographed in Fukushima right after the earthquake and the nuclear power plant accident in March 2011.

Chikuzenni (Simmered vegetables with chicken) / Kyoto, 2008

Today everything exists to end in a photograph.” – Susan Sontag

Borrowing from the title of Susan Sontag’s classic 1977 book, the group exhibition “ON Photography” runs through November 2, 2012

 Mutton hot pot / Beijing, 2002

Saury fish ball hot pot / Tokyo, 2001

Vegetable Weapon-Crawfish Etouffee / New Orleans, 2011