Post Tohoku

April 29, 2016 at 8:00 am  •  Posted in CONTACT Festival, Exhibitions, News & Events by

Onagawa, Japan, 2015. Thousand cranes origami, facing the tsunami devastated zone being rebuilt.

© Michel Huneault

 
Michel Huneault’s Post Tohoku is a featured exhibition at Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto this year. On view at Campbell House Museum from May 5 through June 12, this new series continues the photographer’s focus on how communities cope with large-scale traumas. In 2011, the Tohoku coastline of Japan was destroyed by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear incident. Huneault visited the coastline in 2012, 2015 and 2016, creating photography and video on collective trauma and healing. One of his previous works, Post Mégantic, was the result of 14 visits to Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, after the train disaster in July 2013. Post Mégantic won the CONTACT portfolio review award in 2014 and the Dorothea Lange – Paul Taylor Prize in 2015.

Utatsu, Japon, 2012. Pont brisé par le tsunami. Tiré d'un travail sur la réhabilitation après le tsunami à Tohoku./ Utatsu, Japan, 2012. Remains of a bridge damaged by tsunami. From a series on pots-tsunami Tohoku.

© Michel Huneault