|Antoinette de Jong,Robert Knoth
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“For me the exhibition is about the loss of beauty and loss of tradition. Both are kept in high regard in Japan. For around 2,000 years the villages now evacuated have been inhabited. . . Fukushima made a dramatic impact into the lives and environment of the people living there.”
Robert Knoth, Photographer, in Fukushima Update
In fall 2011, Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong journeyed to Fukushima to document the devastating effects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility’s triple meltdown. Thousands fled the area, but men, women, and children who remained live under the specter of nuclear fallout. Agricultural and industrial life have ground to a halt, and villages stand as ghost towns.
Shadowlands captures the state of limbo in which Fukushima residents now reside. The site unfolds as a stunning photographic essay, accompanied by video interviews, supplementary photographs, text, and maps. Taken together, these materials construct a first look back into a territory whose story of nuclear aftermath is just beginning.