Coal Mine and Roots
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Born 1981 in Chiba Prefecture. Lives and works in Yamagata Prefecture. His practice deals with hollowed-out inner cities as well as the mines or vanished and abandoned villages of the Tohoku region of Northeast Japan, documenting acts of intervention in these environments and nature where such changes were imposed. The phenomena arising from these acts are expressed through video, photography, and performance. His recent work has explored the theme of deification, interpreting ways of coexisting with nature as living side by side with gods.
Born 1982 in Yamagata Prefecture. Lives and works in Yamagata. He studied painting at Tohoku University of Art and Design. His practice encompasses landscape paintings portraying abandoned buildings and villages in Yamagata, as well as paintings of figures in front of the remnants of modern civil engineering and industry. Through this work, he examines the appearance of his native land, not as nostalgia or something exotic or utopian, but rather as a place at the whim of and forced to change by economic decline and political policy, and in this way he searches for the ideal form of local landscape painting today.