Kesennuma is a costal city located in the Myagi prefecture of Tōhoku, Japan. On March the 11th, 2011 Kesennuma became one of the cities most severely devastated by The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. In Kesennuma alone 1159 individuals were killed, and 8,136 people remain missing or displaced as a result of this disaster. Exploring my position as "outsider" this body of work seeks to look beyond representations of Kesennuma as a disaster stricken city, and try to uncover histories which have been hidden in the wake of 3.11. The photographs are a visual manifestation of my desire to learn more of a pre-disaster land, rendering permanent a fleeting experience of a place undergoing a continuous state of change.
Gabriel Andreu • Georgs Avetisjans • Marta Benavides • Richard Boll • Pixie Bowles • Martin Seeds • Lauren Shields •