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.
Born in Tokyo, Tadashi Ono studied ecology and botany at Shinshu University in Japan before moving to France. He was oriented to the photography through his primary interest in the subjects related to the natural and urban environments, to the architecture and to the history. In 1991, he completed a postgraduate degree at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles. He then based himself in Paris to create photographic works representing the forms of modern civilisation from his own unique documentary point of view. These images were exhibited at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles among others. His recent works focused on transformation of the landscapes in Tohoku, the northeast region of Japan, devastated by the tsunami in 2011, as well as on representation of public space after the protest mouvement at Gezi Park, Istanbul in 2013. Selected as an artist in residence at La Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, in 2017, he revisited Tohoku to continue his artistic research on post-tsunami transformation of the coastal landscapes. Alongside his creative production, Ono has also worked as guest curator for “Photoquai 2009” (Musée de Quai Branly, Paris) and as nominator/curator for the “Discovery Award” (the 43rd Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles). He has been a professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design from 2011 to 2016, and at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, since 2017.
- Tadashi Ono Artist Talk
- Nov 21 Wed. 19:00-21:00
- Institut français du Japon - Tokyo (at Espace Image)
- Tadashi Ono “COASTAL MOTIFS” Opening Reception
- Nov 21 Wed. 21:00-
- Institut français du Japon - Tokyo (at La Brasserie)
- Institut français du Japon - Tokyo
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