School days / B

Tomoko Sawada, Japanese, born 1977


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Lambda print

Artist Proof from a limited edition of fifteen and three artist proofs

Image: 5 1/8 × 7 1/16 in. (13 × 18 cm)

Sheet: 7 1/2 × 9 7/16 in. (19 × 24 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Evelyn A. and William B. Jaffe 2015 Fund



Place Made: Japan, Asia


21st century

Object Name


Research Area


On view


Signed and numbered, on reverse, in black ink, lower right: S.Tomoko AP 3/3


In her School Days series, Tomoko Sawada replicates her own image in the guise of a schoolgirl to fill up a group school photo. Each girl in the photo is Sawada wearing the same uniform, but with slight variations. A school photo is a form of annual documentation that records individuals as part of a class and a member of a school, enforcing conformity to the group. Here, with each “different” girl in fact the same person, Sawada questions how individuality can exist in these kinds of institutions. Her use of photo manipulation and modified self-portraiture puts Sawada in a conversation with fellow contemporary artists in the Hood Museum’s collection like Cindy Sherman and Yasumasa Morimura.

From the 2024 exhibition An Instant Out of Time: Shaping a Collection, curated by Alisa Swindell, Associate Curator of Photography

Exhibition History

An Instant Out of Time: Shaping a Collection, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 20-July 21, 2024.

School Photos and their Afterlives, Northeast Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 8-April 12, 2020.

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