Tourists on the Moon Series(1997-2005) and Traveling Games Series (1999-2002) by Yoshio Itagaki reflect an anti-heroic version of space travel and deals with an ordinary human practice in extraordinary places. Using computer montage, I have created an imaginary tableaux of tourists on the moon and inside video games, taking snapshots and posing for the camera. I am intrigued by this activity that so many people from different countries and backgrounds all engage in. "Tourists on the Moon" and "Traveling Games" both examine the compulsions of a document oriented society. Tourists in particular feel a need to "prove" their experience by documenting themselves within the spectacular or famous scene. Taking an ironic position, I am both amused by and critical of the insatiable human appetite for sensation and novelty.

 

Astronaut Photo Stand on the Moon, 2005 - Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

 

Tommy Girl, 2004 - Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

 

HoneyMoon: JALPAK, 2004 - Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

 

HoneyMoon: Wedding #1, 1998 - Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

 

HoneyMoon: Wedding #2, 1998 - Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

 

HoneyMoon: Wedding - Club Med, 2002 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

HoneyMoon: Wedding - Group, 1998 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

Tourists on the Moon #1, 1998 - Yoshio Itagaki
triptych, 40x90 inches / 100x225 cm, color photograph

 

Tourists on the Moon #2, 1998 - Yoshio Itagaki
triptych, 40x90 inches / 100x225 cm, color photograph

 

Tourists on the Moon #3, 2000 - Yoshio Itagaki
triptych, 40x90 inches / 100x225 cm, color photograph

 

Wendy's Lunar Baurger, 2003 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

Until the end of the World: Mormon Miissionaries, 2004 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

On the Einstein Beach, 2000 - Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

 

Lunatic plan, 2004 - Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

 

Golden Kitchen Delivery, 2004 - Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

 

The First Drunk on the Moon, 2004 - Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

 

Tourists on the Moon (portrait #1) 1999 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

Tourists on the Moon (portrait #4) 1999 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

 
copyright 1997-2005 Yoshio Itagaki