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Yusuke Takagi

Photographs by Yusuke Takagi

Design by Valentina Abenavoli

Hand-crafted by Alex Bocchetto, Sybren Vanoverberghe

Akina, 2018

Edition of 250 copies (out of print)

Hand-made hardcover, linen cloth with tipped-in picture

80 pp., b/w illustrated throughout

175 x 200 mm

Item #0238

0.450 0238 Sold Out

Winner of the FUAM - AKINA Dummy Book Award during the Istanbul Festival 2017.

Dummy conceived during the Photobook as Object Workshop 2016, run by Yumi Goto and Jan Rosseel in collaboration with Reminders Photography Stronghold.

“Kagerou: the heat haze, a lake in the desert, decay heat powered by the nuclear radiation, invisible, pervasive. It was 12 March 2011. The day after Fukushima nuclear disaster, I woke up in a shrouded Tokyo: the cityscape looked blurred and twisted. Nobody else seemed to notice: for 37 million people it was business as usual. Compared to the visible devastation of the tsunami, the invisible hazard of contamination seemed to belong to another world.
The ghostly exclusion zone surrounding Fukushima Daichii nuclear plant felt more real, the danger was showing its consequences. The nature was starting to reclaim the town. it felt like walking in a floating world painting, everything was silent.
Two years later I had a beautiful son. With his mother, we are still wondering the effect of radiation while exposed in her womb.”

In the wake of Fukushima Daiichi meltdown, Yusuke Takagi’s Kagerou faces the fears of the nuclear era, interweaving pregnancy and fatherhood in a transfigured Tokyo with the landscapes of the Zone and the portraits of people who decided not to leave.

“Is the image of Kagerou just a illusion, or the nuclear heat haze was showing the true nature of things?” Life goes on, no matter whether you are in Tokyo, Yokohama or Fukushima, we are at the mercy of politics and fate.”

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