MAGDALENA SOLE: Tohoku Exhibition

After the Water Receded: Images from Japan
Photograph (c) Magdalena Solé

After the Water Receded: Images from Japan
Photograph (c) Magdalena Solé

After the Water Receded: Images from Japan
Photograph (c) Magdalena Solé

After the Water Receded: Images from Japan
Photograph (c) Magdalena Solé

"...I saw an ostrich on the road I was driving. Had it been a Brontosaurus I couldn't have been more shocked. The ostrich, a former farm animal in the region, opened my eyes to the variety of life that remained and thrived. Pigs, cows, and dogs all returned to their feral state and were doing quite well. Life was everywhere, just not human life." [read full story]

“On March 11, 2011, an enormous earthquake hit northeast Japan. The subsequent tsunami forced 400,000 people to flee their homes and resulted in the loss of 16,000 lives, in addition to 4,000 who remain missing. A nuclear crisis still threatens the security of millions of people.”
– Voices from Japan

Magdalena Solé, born in Spain and raised in Switzerland, is now a New York City based photographer. Profoundly effected by her experiences photographing in Tohoku, the hardest hit region of Japan where the Tsunami occurred, she returned several times. I spoke with Solé for La Lettre de la Photographie about this work.

EA: What motivated you to photograph in Japan after the Tsunami?

Solé: Since I first visited Japan in 1991, it has become my spiritual home. I have traveled and photographed there many times. Before the Tohoku disaster, I photographed in southern Osaka in a tiny area called Kamagasaki. During Japan’s economic boom years the district attracted men from all over Japan looking for construction jobs and a way to remake themselves. Today, Kamagasaki, feared by the rest of Japan, is an area for the unemployed and homeless, virtually all of them male mostly in their 60s. Though shunned, they project the core values and vitality of a polite, respectful, highly organized Japanese society.

When I went to the Tohoku region after the disaster I realized that the people were immensely grateful to be visited and remembered. People arrived from all over Japan to help and volunteer their time. I was moved by the solace to be found in the midst of such tragedy. The resilience of the Japanese is a great teaching to me.
[read full story here on La Lettre]

Photographs by Magdalena Solé
Also: Portraits by Naoto Nakagawa

Curators: Elizabeth Avedon and Sandra Kraskin

April 20 – May 18, 2012
Sidney Mishkin Gallery
135 East 22nd Street, New York
Tues – Fri 12 – 5 p.m. Thurs's, 12 – 7 p.m.

1 comment:

Eine tierische Freundschaft said...

Memories are made of this.
Dean Martin was right and i feel strangly touched by viewing these pictures. On the one hand it feels sad and unhappy, but on the other hand, the photo with the Bird, a little bit freedom.
On the background of the situation, the photos are greatly done.
Thx for showing.