Shuji Akagi who is a high school art teacher living in Fukushima City documented the aftermath in the city after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake with a series of photographs that recorded the state of the area’s environments contaminated with radioactivity and its decontamination process. Although the effects of the radiation on Fukushima City and its surroundings, approximately 60 kilometers from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plants, were not as bad as the most gravely impacted areas, Akagi responded keenly to various changes and matters he had never experienced before by turning his camera on them.
In the afterword to his photobook “Fukushima Traces, 2011-2013,” published in 2015, Akagi says, “I would like to record as much of what happened within the sphere of my everyday life. No matter how the media would cover the shining city-scape in the glow of recovery, I want to document the lingering scars of my surroundings.”
In a continuation of Akagi’s project, and to mark the seven-year anniversary of the disaster, this exhibition includes his 18 photographs selected from the works exhibited at Ghent University in March 2018 for the event, “The Abyss and Oblivion 7 Years After Japan 3.11” in collaboration with Act for Japan.be, NPO in Brussels.
He has had several gallery and museum exhibitions in Japan and abroad including the traveling exhibition, “Perpetual Uncertainty, ” at Bildmuseet 2, Umeå, 2016; the Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, 2017; and Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, 2018. He also took part in talks across Japan and worked with the performance art unit, “Grand Guignol Mirai.”