Almost Transparent Island (2017- ongoing)

The story is about a rulal islnad located in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan, which is called Teshima. 

A huge volume of industrial waste (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 since then about 918,000 tons of industrial waste had been transferred to nearby Naoshima Island for intermediate processing. The transport was completed in March 2017, followed by the completion of intermediate processing in June 2017. 

Based on this background, my 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. The archival photographs are transparent into the current landscape.

I am a generation who does not know the incident directly. Teshima is now well known for “Island of Arts” as long as Naoshima. More and more tourits are coming from all over the world and Japan to enjoy a number of the art sites, food, and nature in the island. The Teshima incident is fading with time. Therefore, I am trying to indicate what has happened along with the economic growth, in this beautiful island of Japan.

 

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、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。