SABURO OTA (1950, Yamagata, Japan)

Saburo Ota graduated from the engineering department of the Tsuruoka Industrial Technical School in 1971. Raised in post-war Japan, the legacy of war has been central to his work. In his Post War series, he works with the concept of postal stamps--objects which move through time and space in the service of communication. Initially he used real stamps, but he soon began fashioning his own to depict images associated with the war, such as Japanese soldiers and war orphans. In Post War 54: Atomic Bomb Jizo, Ota uses the image of a statue of the Buddhist deity Jizo, which was found in the ruins of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb. The soldier, the orphan, the statue--all are witness to and victims of war. In their repeated images in the stamps, Ota is reclaiming and reconstructing their identities.


Exhibitions:
2010    "Personal Structures Time-Space-Existence", Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Austria
2010    "Personal Structures Time-Space-Existence", Kuenstlerhaus Bregenz, Austria.

Symposia:
2008    Personal Structures "Existence", Tokyo, Japan.

Publications:
• Lodermeyer, Peter, Karlyn De Jongh & Sarah Gold, PERSONAL STRUCTURES: TIME SPACE EXISTENCE, DuMont Verlag, Cologne, Germany, 2009