Tatsuya Yamashita “Decontamination”

Guardian Garden

poster for Tatsuya Yamashita “Decontamination”

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Tatsuya Yamashita’s “Decontamination” series, which photographs surfaces of the Fukushima decontamination site and documents his own engagement with scrapping sediments as part of the decontamination process, won the 10th photography “1_WALL” competition. Originally interested in archeology and sediments, Yamashita searches through memories of the past to reveal time through contact with soil. He was compelled to pursue this project by the contradictory nature of the act of decontamination: trying to remove the unmovable. During judging, the series was praised as a strongly expressional work dealing with a social issue while expressing one’s own anger and thoughts through personal perspectives.

For this exhibition, Yamashita has added new photographs from Fukushima that clearly portray his sense of physical presence amidst the sediment surface, grimly demonstrating the extent of the area to be decontaminated and framing it as an unresolved issue. Yamashita’s unique perspective on these surfaces allows us to see how people’s lives and cultures have become distorted.



from February 02, 2015 to February 19, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-02-02 from 19:00 to 20:30



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