New York

Riko Noguchi

D'Amelio Gallery

For Americans who came of age in the ’70s and ’80s, it’s hard to think of Japan as anything other than the country that conquered the world—economically, at least. Their cars were better than ours; their yen more powerful than our dollar. But the Japan of those decades has devolved into something else: a country racked by recession, natural disaster, crime, and attacks by genocidal terrorist groups. So while Japan’s most celebrated contemporary artist, Mariko Mori, shows us the country of the postwar economic miracle—a high-tech, cybersavvy, moneyed world power—Rika Noguchi, a young Tokyo-based photographer, might be a more suitable spokesperson for the nation at the end of the twentieth century.

Interestingly, Japan itself doesn’t make an appearance in these photographs. Instead, the show was filled with images of Brazil, the Netherlands, and the US. Noguchi’s works are

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