Toshie Kusamoto ｜ 草本 利枝
Born in 1970, Oita, Japan. Graduated from Doshisha University and Tokyo College of Photography. She produced main visual of Beppu Contemporary Art Festival “Mixed Bathing World”. Major group show, “Sharing as Caring” (Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, 2012-2016). Based in Kyoto.
- Statement -
This series portrays the records of Kusamoto’s multiple visits to Onagawa-cho, Miyagi Prefecture since September 2011, six months after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. In Onagawa, as part of the disaster reconstruction, mountains were razed to the ground; brand new train stations, shopping arcades and residential buildings gradually appeared on the new land around the city. The old streets are now buried deep underground, existing only in the memories of the people of Onagawa. Among one of them is a young boy, who became the main subject of the series. Like the others living in the midst of a seemingly endless process of recovery and reconstruction, he just entered third-grade of junior high school in the spring of 2020.