COASTAL MOTIFS, 2017-2018
#9183 Ofunato bay, Iwate prefecture
©Tadashi Ono / La Villa Kujoyama
COASTAL MOTIFS, 2017-2018
#1429 Kesennuma bay, Miyagi prefecture
©Tadashi Ono / La Villa Kujoyama
COASTAL MOTIFS, 2017-2018
#9547 Miyako bay, Iwate prefecture
©Tadashi Ono / La Villa Kujoyama

Tadashi Ono (b. 1960, Tokyo), based in Paris and Arles, returned last summer to the disaster-struck areas of northeastern Japan he photographed in 2011–12, only to find a trillion-yen, 400-km, 10-meter-high seawall being built down the coast of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. Standing before the Japanese polity’s massive response to the forces of nature unleashed by the largest and most deadly tsunami on record, he was ‘shocked to see Japan trying to cut off habitable areas from their own nurturing environment and block out all view of the sea’. Ono’s new series questions the future of ‘scenic Japan’ wrought by this ‘recovery’ strategy.

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  • Tadashi Ono Artist Talk
  • Nov 21 Wed. 19:00-21:00
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  • Nov 21 Wed. 21:00-
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