A Voice in the Wilderness (2017- ongoing)

“A Voice in the Wilderness” is a photography project about the biggest illegal dumping case in Japan, the Teshima incident. 

Kagawa prefectural Teshima is an island floating in the Seto Inland Sea. A huge volume of industrial wastes (mainly automotive shredder residues) had been illegally dumped between 1975 and 1980s in Teshima. The beautiful beach was filled with garbage from unauthorized dumping, which was buried in the sand or piled up in heaps and burnt, causing black smoke to rise here and there. After a long legal battle, the issue was finally settled and the cleaning of the island started in 2000, and about 918,000 tons of industrial waste had been transferred to nearby Naoshima Island for intermediate processing since then. The transport was completed in March 2017, followed by the completion of intermediate processing in June 2017. 

Based on this background, the project consists of two elements. One is photographs of the incident spots I have taken after July 2017. The other is archival photographs the island residents have taken in 1980-2000s. I am a generation who does not know the incident directly. Teshima is now well known for “Island of Arts” as long as Naoshima, which floats next to Teshima. The Teshima incident is fading with time. Therefore, I am trying to show what has happened along with the economic growth, in this beautiful island of Japan.

 

『A Voice in the Wilderness』は、瀬戸内海に浮かぶ豊島で起こった産業廃棄物の不法投棄事件の軌跡を辿るプロジェクトです。

豊島の産業廃棄物は、1975年頃から1980年代にかけて持ち込まれ、豊島住民の過酷な闘いによって2000年に公害調停が成立し、豊島からの撤去と隣島・直島での処理が始まりました。産業廃棄物の総量は約91万8000トンにも及び、2017年3月に豊島撤去完了・2017年6月に直島処理完了しています。この経緯を受けて、2017年7月以降に撮影した事件現場の風景に、豊島住民の方々が撮影した1980~2000年代の写真を組み込み、作品を構成しています。

この作品を通して、「自然豊かな美しい豊島で、日本最大級の産廃事件があった」という事実を伝えたいと思います。

 

"Smoke Investigation" - an introduction part of the project "A Voice in the Wilderness"

Based on the fact that the black smoke could be seen even from the Kagawa Prefectural office in Takamatsu in early 1980s, I’ve put black smokes on the landscapes taken in 2017.