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You Saw Nothing in Fukushima (2012-) from Fukushima Mon Amour (2012-)

Fukushima Mon Amour


On 11 March 2011 a catastrophic earthquake hit Japan that had grown to the third largest nuclear power provider in the world. The country devastated with damages at the Northeast coastal areas by tsunami and nuclear leak at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Several years after the crisis today Fukushima means not only the name of a city and a prefecture, but refers to the 3.11 disaster across the Northeast Japan and the collapse of trust in nuclear energy and the industry. There is an undertone of discrimination, indifference and forgetfulness toward the region.

Fukushima Mon Amour (2012-) extends Fukushima as an issue of such an undertone in the interwoven dynamics of the Japanese society in the present day. It is a multimedia project, in which each project is expressed on different types of documentary medium. By using those media such as photography, video, sound and newspaper, Ayano brings the complex notion of performance, experience, and documentation into the issue.

You Saw Nothing in Fukushima. (2012-) is a photography work of footage in range from the empty and devastated landscapes of the aftermath of the tsunami, Fukushima covered by invisible radiation, to nuclear power plants and other facilities in the nuclear fuel cycle. The lens focuses on an unfilled gap between those who experienced the trauma of 3.11 and those who didn't, by providing a voyeuristic and instant view as a participational viewership.

Four Times at the Museum.../I Know What It Is to Forget. (2013-) is a multi-channel video of interviews. In those interviews to Japanese people, Ayano investigates, in the memory of nuclear energy in warfare and civilian uses, and the Second World War, the meaning of remembering and forgetting in both political and personal levels. The interviewees include survivors of the 1945 A-bombings and a 1954 H-bomb test, a scientist, a philosopher, journalists, politicians, protestors etc. These interviews tell us stories that have been slipped away from social representations and displays of museums in more than 70 years later after the war and in the post-3.11 society of today.

Fukushima Mon Amour alludes to the 1959’s film, “Hiroshima mon amour”*1.

*1: “Hiroshima mon amour”is a French film directed by Alain Resnais and its screenplay by Mariguerite Duras. Set in the mid 50's, the Cold War era, of A-bombed Hiroshima, it's a story of a brief encounter between a French woman, who lost her German boyfriend at war, and a Japanese man, who was off war at the bombing in his hometown.

You Saw Nothing in Fukushima. (2012-)

“He: You saw nothing in Hiroshima. Nothing.
She: I saw everything in Hiroshima. Everything. “- Hiroshima mon amour

-4 short videos-
A Seabird (2014)
Single-channel HD video with sound
Dead End (2014)
Single-channel HD video with sound
Wind and Rain (2014)
Single-channel HD video with sound
Shore (2015)
Single-channel HD video with sound

Four Times at the Museum.../I Know What It Is to Forget. (2012-)
Multi-channel HD video with sound

"She: Four times at the museum…
He: What museum in Hiroshima?”

“She: Like you, I know what it is to forget.
He: No, you don’t know what it is to forget.
She: Like you I have a memory. I know what it is to forget.
He: No, you don’t have a memory.
She: Like you, I too have tried to with all my might not to forget. Like you, I forgot. Like you, I wanted to have an inconsolable memory, a memory of shadow and stone. For my part, I struggled with all my might,every day, against the horror of no longer understanding at all the reason for remembering. Like you, I forgot… Why deny the obvious necessity for memory?... “- Hiroshima mon amour

Casablanca (2015-)