Mayumi Hamanaka

Mayumi Hamanaka uses historical photographs and references to examine memory and the mistakes of the past. She uses a subtle process of cutting topographies into photographs, where details start to disappear and amorphous white forms develop like oversize puzzle pieces. Up close they suggest topographical contour maps, but the contours are layers of paper cutouts secured by tiny metal studs. These layers speak to the layers of earth that consists of layers of formerly living things, including humans.

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