Urban Legend Series - Yoshio Itagaki
2005-
This series deals with fables or what is now commonly referred as urban legends. I am particularly intrigued by the fact that a legend is an uncensored reflection of our desires, fears, expectations or curiosity. Like the anonymity of an Internet message board, that of urban legend reveals people's true thoughts about sensitive topics including sex, death, religion and politically incorrect matters.
A legend tends to be altered every time a person tells it to another, as in the game of "pass along." A legend always allows a storyteller to put his or her feelings and opinions into it. Regardless of whether a story is based on a real event or is fiction, a tale grows into a legend that reflects our voices. I aim to depict and explore our fascination with these urban legends.

 

Antoinette's Breasts (2005) Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

Legend: Champagne glasses were modeled on Marie Antoinette's breasts.

 

Cloning Jesus (2005) Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph
Legend: A group known as 'The Second Coming Project' is seeking to clone Jesus from the DNA of holy relics.

 

Tampon Tea Bag (2005) Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

Legend: Tea made from tampon is a nutritious supplement.

 

Woman with Slit Mouth (2005) Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

Legend: Her mouth was mistakenly slit during a cosmetic surgery. She scares kids showing her mouth off and slashes them with her sickle.

 

Black Statue of Liberty (2005) Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

The Statue of Liberty was intended as a monument to the abolition of slavery, and the original model was a black woman.

 

Radoactive Eye Shadow (2005) Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

Legend: A nuclear scientist killed his wife after she had an affair with a neighbor. The scientist substituted wife's eye shadow with a uranium composite until she died of radiation poisoning.

 

Skn Asphyxiation : 007 Goldfinger (2005) Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

Legend: The actress who portrayed Jill Masterson in the James Bond film Goldfinger died from asphyxiation after being covered with gold paint.

 

Santa Cross (2005) Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

Legend: A Japanese department store once created a Christmas display featuring Santa Claus nailed to a cross.

 

Spermicide (2005) Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

Legend: Coca-Cola is an effective spermicide.

 

Alien Abduction (2005) Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

Legend: The real meaning of the "Pedestrian only" traffic sign is "Beware of aliens kidnapping children."

 

copyright 2005 Yoshio Itagaki