In London, a month ago, japanese photographer Mari Sarai launched her new exhibition, NAKED at Shoreditch's Doors Showcase gallery, 20 Rivington Street, which, paradoxically, celebrates wearing nothing at all. As the name connotes, this exhibition does exactly what it says on the tin and stars a troupe of friends, musicians, artists and, err, Janice Dickinson baring all for her enquiring lens.
There's no gratuitious titty-baring here though folks, NAKED celebrates the 21st century woman in all her bare-bosomed, erotic glory - Sarai's beautifully spontaneous images peel away the model's contstructed persona to reveal a powerful feminine sensuality. Transending the boundaries between traditional portraiture and fashion photography, her work embodies the modern-day liberated, empowered female.
After studying photography at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, the globetrotting Sarai worked as a photojounalist in New York. In 1999 she relocated to Tokyo where she worked as a fashion photographer. In 2005 she moved to London where she has since been working intensively on editorial projects including Dazed & Confused, Harpers Bazaar UK, Vogue UK as well as exnteive commercial and advertising work.