INTERVIEW

Afterimages of Fukushima – photo exhibit by Kayoko Ogawa

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“Lake Inawashiro + Mt.Bandai”, Route 9, Fukushima 2015

 
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“January Sunset” , Inawashiro, Fukushima 2013

 

[About works]
Fukushima prefecture is located in the Tohoku region on the island of Honshu in Japan. It is the country’s third largest prefecture and well-known for its rich history and beautiful nature. There are three regions in Fukushima prefecture: Hama-Dori (the coastal area in east), Naka-Dori ( the commercial & governmental area in center), and Aizu-region ( the mountainous area in west). The Aizu-region where Kayoko was born and lived for 18 years is especially full of deep tradition and abundant nature. The photographs exhibited here mostly focus on the Aizu-region and they project her familiar view of her hometown. Unwantedly, the name of “Fukushima” has become famous world-wide due to the nuclear accident which resulted from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. Many things have changed dramatically since then. But people’s everyday life and the rich surrounding nature is still there. The brilliant color of the water of Lake Inawashiro, mountains and villages covered with pure white snow, and people’s simple lives are etched into her memory and will never disappear even though she is now living here in NYC, far away from her hometown.
 
[About the artist]
Born in Fukushima, Japan. Kayoko grew up in a small town called Inawashiro, surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes, located in the Aizu-region. She worked in Tokyo as a magazine editor after graduating from the university, and later moved to NYC. She studied photography at Fashion Institute of Technology. As a freelance travel journalist, Kayoko has written and shot photographs for Japanese media, including in-flight magazines, travel-related publication, and web magazines. Her first book, “Brooklyn Styles”, a photo book-styled guidebook that illustrates 10 lifestyles of Brooklyn based creators was released by DIAMOND., Inc. in 2014.
 
[Schedule]
Date: 11/3 ~ 11/30 *Reception: 11/3 18:00 ~ 20:00
Venue: Rabbit House
Addres: 76 Forsyth St. New York, NY 10002
URL: www.rabbithouse.nyc






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