This photographic essay gives us a view of a much more foreign type of space, where couples stay for hours rather than days. The rooms have themes such as a schoolroom, a subway room, or a Hello Kitty room.
The photographs sometimes subtly disclose S&M devices such as leather shackles, chains, or examination chairs. Some of the rooms are decorated with funny, odd elements including snowmen, igloos, Santa Claus and carousel rides. There is even a Gulliver's Travels theme room with oversized furniture. All rooms have a handy Karaoke machine for additional entertainment. And some hotels furnish vending machines with sex toys.
This exhibition will certainly offer a strange view of sexual fantasy as perceived by the Japanese. Can the West fully accept Japanese Anime, Karaoke and Hello Kitty sex rooms?
Misty Keasler was awarded the prestigious Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She was also awarded the Dallas Museum of Art's DeGolyer Grant. Her photographs are in several notable museum collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Her first monograph, Love Hotels, has recently been released, published by Chronicle Books. Her first museum solo exhibition opened at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago on January 25, 2007 and runs through March 24th.
This exhibition will be the artist's third solo show at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery.
Hello Kitty S&M Room,
Hotel Adonis, 2004