Lieko Shiga Rasen Kaigan

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In winter 2008, I met a place called Kitagama, a village in North East part of Japan, facing pacific ocean. There 372 people with 107 houses lived in. The Rasen-Kaigan series consists of 250 pictures which were taken in this village, while I was living there as a resident photographer: documenting photographs of festivals, ceremonies, and every official activities of the village, collecting oral histories of the village to my body. These works were born with collaboration of residents in Kitagama and I. The bodies of those residents who became subject of the works, represent the all stories which are so delicate and invisible to be written as a history. Through the ritual of the shooting the photographs, their bodies unify to “the land”. On the other hand I tried to photograph, through subsuming and reflecting the ritual of shooting photographs, my body experiences and traces which are related to the land of the Kitagama.

The title “Rasen-Kaigan” means “Rasen= spiral / helical-morphology, Kaigan=coast” in direct translation but I also meant “Past, Present, Future” with this title. In the space of photographs, there is no past, present or future: the value of the photographs swings from being treated as a paper garbage to a same value of the living human being, or more, a subject for a prayer.

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All images © Lieko Shiga, courtesy | PRISKA PASQUER, Cologne

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