Post TōhokuTōhoku, 2015, Inkjet prints
Landscapes from the Tōhoku region, North of Honshū Island, which was devastated by the 2011 tsunami. Four years after the disaster, pharaonic works are taking place to completely reshape the parts of the region that were destroyed the most. On the mountain side, hills are being deforested and their tops flattened to create new residential areas. On the water side, huge sea walls are being built or elevated. These huge construction works contribute to the feeling of deep desolation and loss that haunt these places, post disaster no man’s lands. I sometimes had the feeling that a second tsunami had taken place. The time that will be needed, to restore not only homes, buildings and infrastructures but also a real urban and social fabric, is vertiginous. Yet these highly visible and brutal transformations, are hiding an even more pernicious and invisible threat: Fukushima’s radioactive leeks that continuously contaminate soil, water and marine life, an especially vital resource for the area.