Marble statue of a youthful Hercules
    at The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City
    Museum Rules, 2018

    Backpack, black and white gelatin silver prints, 28" x 21" each 

     

    When museum goers wander through exhibition spaces holding their backpacks, they are often asked to keep it in front of their body to prevent damage to artworks. Hamaguchi turns this rule into an opportunity for art making by converting a small ordinary backpack, purchased at a shop on New York’s Canal Street, into to a pinhole camera loaded with an 8 x 10 film sheet. As instructed by the museum guards she strolls the museum with the camera in front of her, ready to take a photograph. While looking at one of the exhibited objects, she removes the cover of the pinhole and exposes the film. Each exposure takes around 5 min, the film capturing the duration of her reading the discription.

     

    A viewer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City

 

    The backpack pinhole camera

 

    SAPPHO at The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City

 

    Marble statue of Tyche-Fortuna
    restored with the portrait head of a woman
    at The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City     

 

    Marble statue of a lion
    at The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City

 

    The Angel of Death
    and the Sculpture from the Milmore Memorial
    at The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City