The Representation of Post-Tsunami Landscapes

Naoya Hatakeyama, Rikuzentakata, July 2004 © Naoya Hatakeyama Naoya Hatakeyama, Rikuzentakata, April 2011 © Naoya Hatakeyama Watching the BBC News in the aftermath of the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami on the east coast of Japan, I vividly remember the foreign correspondent reporting from a town with an unusual name: Rikuzentakata. Little did I know then…

Japan Fundraiser: Floating Cities by Marco Bohr

Marco Bohr, Beatles, Chopin and Unknown, 91 x 111 cm c-print, 2007 Regular readers of this blog will know that Japanese visual culture is a topic I often seek to explore in my posts. I have a personal attachment to Japan since I lived in Tokyo from 2003 to 2004 and until today I return…

The Many Bodies of Yurie Nagashima

Yurie Nagashima, Kazoku, 1993 In a previous blog post, I wrote about the photographer Yurie Nagashima whose photographs of herself and her family in the nude instigated a dramatic shift in Japanese visual culture. After exhibiting her phenomenally successful Kazoku series in 1993, Nagashima continued to interrogate photographic subjects related to gender, sexuality, representation and…