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写真展「Reimagining War」は、それら過去と現在の接点を写真家自身が見出しながら、「過去の大戦」ではない、今なお「戦争と地続きにある物語」を記録した作品が展示される。インドネシア、オランダ、オーストラリア、マレーシア 、北朝鮮、韓国、そして東京、大阪。それぞれ、異なる地で撮られた異なる人々・風景の写真はアジア・太平洋戦争を一つの起点としながら、75年の時間の経過を追いながら現在から見た戦争の一つの帰結を提示する。






In August 2020, it has been 75 years since the surrender of Japan.

When we think of the name “Asia-Pacific War,” our thoughts are disrupted for a moment by the expression’s vagueness and extravagant vastness. This may be because it is difficult for us to find our contacts relate with the word due to its literal geological geographical largeness and the length of 75 years. For today’s youths who have no experience with the war, the point of contact with it is nothing more than history lessons, movies or novels. Some fortunate ones may be able to hear personal stories told by their grandparents and great-grandparents, but unfortunately, such blessed opportunities will be mostly lost in the next 10 to 20 years. Beyond that, it would be only possible to imagine the war based on the secondhand stories told by the ones who had the chance to hear them. The war will become a thing of the past completely.

However, if we take the war as a point of origin of “a story,” we would notice that it is merely a fragment of a continuing affair.  Even after the economic reconstruction and prevailing of the Internet, the stories originated from the war would remain within us and be passed on to the next generation. Many of such stories, even though being forcibly silenced, would connect the once-disconnected past to present again as the ongoing stories of war with the wills of courageous people. 

The photo exhibition “Reimagining War” presents the works recording the stories still tied directly to the war instead of the “battle in the past.” It shows how each photographer finds the connection between the past and the present. Indonesia, the Netherlands, North Korea and Tokyo: each photo project captures the various people and landscapes in various lands with Asia-Pacific War as an origination.  Each of these projects presents a consequence of war as it traces the passage of time of 75 years.

These are the stories of the war captured by the photographers who do not know of the war directly. We sincerely wish that these stories will remain in us and trigger us to think of war once again.

Hajime Kimura, Kazuma Obara, Miyuki Okuyama, Noriko Hayashi

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