Castle hotel Fukuoka, from Japanese Whispers
artist(s):
ZAZA BERTRAND
title:
Castle hotel Fukuoka, from Japanese Whispers
medium:
inkjet print or lambda duratrans (lightbox)
date created:
2014
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Terauchi, Uguisudani, from Japanese Whispers
artist(s):
ZAZA BERTRAND
title:
Terauchi, Uguisudani, from Japanese Whispers
medium:
inkjet print or lambda duratrans (lightbox)
date created:
2016
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Blue Garage Okinawa, from Japanese Whispers
artist(s):
ZAZA BERTRAND
title:
Blue Garage Okinawa, from Japanese Whispers
medium:
inkjet print or lambda duratrans (lightbox)
date created:
2016
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Kenya + Rikako, Hotel Perrier II, from Japanese Whispers
artist(s):
ZAZA BERTRAND
title:
Kenya + Rikako, Hotel Perrier II, from Japanese Whispers
medium:
inkjet print or lambda duratrans (lightbox)
date created:
2016
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Onsen Room, from Japanese Whispers
artist(s):
ZAZA BERTRAND
title:
Onsen Room, from Japanese Whispers
medium:
ininkjet print or lambda duratrans (lightbox)
date created:
2016
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Japanese Whispers
artist(s):
ZAZA BERTRAND
title:
Japanese Whispers
medium:
inkjet print or lambda duratrans (lightbox)
date created:
2016
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Tao + Hikari, SK Plaza Hotel, from Japanese Whispers
artist(s):
ZAZA BERTRAND
title:
Tao + Hikari, SK Plaza Hotel, from Japanese Whispers
medium:
inkjet print or lambda duratrans (lightbox)
date created:
2016
editions:
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Uguisudani Hotel, from Japanese Whispers
artist(s):
ZAZA BERTRAND
title:
Uguisudani Hotel, from Japanese Whispers
medium:
inkjet print or lambda duratrans (lightbox)
date created:
2016
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Miki + Kaisuke Fukuoka, from Japanese Whispers
artist(s):
ZAZA BERTRAND
title:
Miki + Kaisuke Fukuoka, from Japanese Whispers
medium:
inkjet print or lambda duratrans (lightbox)
date created:
2014
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Kenya + Rikako, Hotel Perrier, from Japanese Whispers
artist(s):
ZAZA BERTRAND
title:
Kenya + Rikako, Hotel Perrier, from Japanese Whispers
medium:
inkjet print or lambda duratrans (lightbox)
date created:
2016
editions:
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Chiba tower, from Japanese Whispers
artist(s):
ZAZA BERTRAND
title:
Chiba tower, from Japanese Whispers
medium:
inkjet print or lambda duratrans (lightbox)
date created:
2016
editions:
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Naha Flowers, from Japanese Whispers
artist(s):
ZAZA BERTRAND
title:
Naha Flowers, from Japanese Whispers
medium:
inkjet print or lambda duratrans (lightbox)
date created:
2016
editions:
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biography

Zaza Bertrand was born in Gent, Belgium in 1986. She studied photography in Gent at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts where she got a Master degree with great distinction in 2011. She worked in Amsterdam for the Dutch quality newspaper 'De Volkskrant' but came back to Belgium to freelance from her home base. Her work on upper class Egyptian girls living in gated communities was exposed and published internationally. 

Fascinated by the concept of intimacy in Japan, and Japanese culture at large, Belgian photographer Zaza Bertrand created a documentary photo series inside rabuhos. In these kitschy safe havens, erotic desires roam freely yet anonymously, in utter seclusion. More colloquially known as love hotels, rabuhos epitomise the long-held pragmatic separation of sex and love in Japan. 

Even though rabuhos have become pretty normalized in the national mindset, sentiments on this phenomenon tend to run the full gamut, from scandalized through embarrassment to titillate and sheer intrigue. As an outsider looking in, Zaza attempted to capture these innate dichotomies and paradoxes. Her physical presence yet inability to communicate with her subjects, creates a tension so palpable between her and the visitors she portrays (or models as she prefers to call them), it echoes through in her imagery. Reflecting the ambiguous perceptions on intimacy, the documental photo series captures a frail sense of alienation and poignancy at the same time. 

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