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In the 'Japanese series' of diptychs, Graham uses photography to document and explore how the past continues to assert itself in the present. Each work comprises an image taken from Japan's past with an image taken from her present. Here the photograph of a female Hiroshima victim is one of several famous and emotive images from the Second World War. The pattern of the burns reflects the fabric of the victim's kimono, traditional symbol of Japanese femininity. This image is in striking contrast to the happy-go-lucky image of a young girl taken from a piece of wrapping paper which itself reflects the invasion of the American-influenced commercial world.

September 2004