Photographers have their own way to approach natural disaster. As I mentioned in previous post, Richard Misrach captured the messages left on the houses, walls and cars after Huricane Katrina. Rinko Kawauchi went to Tohoku area, a month after the earthquake, to shoot aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Not like Misrach, I guess Kawauchi did not have any idea or concept of what she shoots before she arrives, but the artist had the luck to bring in these two birds. One is white, the other is black. It looks like they represent light and shadow.
「わたしたちの住む世界の二元性。 白と黒、善と悪、光と影、男と女、始まりと終わり。 始まりと終わりのあいだには、喜びと悲しみ? 反転し繰り返すことが営みとはいえ、
“Throughout existence there have been, and will be, innumerable occurrences of delight and dread. THough I know it’s unreasonable to question why happiness and sorrow repeat in turn. I couldn’t help considering it while shooting. Creation awaits us after destruction. In this way, I could also feel that the scene in front me was the beginning of everything.”
- Clammbon’s PV shot by Rinko Kawauchi クラムボン PV「ある鼓動」by 川内倫子さん
- Rinko Kawauchi’s Photo Diary
- Rinko Kawauchi Utatane 川内倫子『うたたね』
- Yoshitomo Nara and Rinko Kawauchi on Foil vol.1 (2003)
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