Naoya Hatakeyama – Kesengawa
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Naoya Hatakeyama – Kesengawa

by Light Motiv


March 11, 2011 –
From the very first pages, Naoya HATAKEYAMA, a photographer, speaks to us, sharing his actions, his impressions, his feelings, at a time when his life as a man is in danger of being turned upside down.
He writes his diary, on his way to the North of Japan, after the announcement of the tsunami which submerged the coastal cities. His mind is preoccupied with the fate of his family and friends. Up there, there is the house where his mother lives on the banks of the Kesen River, there is the society of the inhabitants who celebrate the same rituals every year, there is the metal bridge like a stable figure on the passing of time. There are Naoya’s memories.
The first part of the book is the story of Naoya HATAKEYAMA’s journey to the North, a motorcycle journey made difficult by the lack of fuel, the snow, the detours imposed by the destroyed accesses. Parallel to the text, images of happy days in his city, Rikuzentakata, the days of vacations, scroll by. These are the photographs that he began to take in large format, a few years ago, of his native country, thinking that they were a way for him to maintain his own reflection on the past, on time.
These images, these memories, suddenly become unique testimonies of what will have disappeared. The first part of the book is a logbook that gathers the thoughts, gestures, memories, and images of Naoya HATAKEYAMA on his way to a new encounter with his destroyed city.
The second part has no text, only the photographs after the disaster are shown. The extent of the erasure creates amazement, both for Naoya HATAKEYAMA who discovers it and for the reader who accompanies him.
Finally, the essential afterword allows the photographer, and no doubt anyone confronted with an equivalent tragedy, to lay the stones of a possible consolation, between memory and transmission.

Naoya HATAKEYAMA’s entire photographic work is oriented towards the harmonic search between human and natural landscapes. From UNDERGROUND, one of his first books, which reveals unprecedented views of underground and urban rivers, to the astonishing work BLAST, a stunning account of quarry explosions, Naoya has never stopped questioning the boundary between human activity and natural cover. With patience, he explores the industrial traces in ATMOS, LIME WORKS or TERRILS. This last book was also published by LIGHT MOTIV.
It is this same man, placed in an observation outpost, who sees an unexpected cataclysm, of a terrible silent brutality, arise in his own life. Without human cause, without divine explanation. It is this man, photographer and watchman, who continues to watch, without understanding the sanction of the chance that overwhelms him, and other men with him. It is this man who inscribes life, the thought of life, in the derisory harmony, and so human, in solidarity, that he finds on every subject he photographs.
Since the disaster, Naoya HATAKEYAMA has been involved in the action launched by Toyo Ito’s architecture studio in order to invent places of resource and appeasement for the tsunami survivors. The “Home-for-all” house built by Toyo Ito’s studio in Rikuzentakata was presented in conjunction with Naoya’s photographs at the Venice Architecture Biennale in September 2012 and was awarded the Golden Lion at this event.

SKU: FIS-BOK-101 Category:

Publisher: Light Motiv
Graphic design: Suzuki Seiichi
Format: 19 x 30 cm
Pages: 136 pages, 81 photographs
Languages: English, French
Hardcover, square back sewn

Additional information

Dimensions 19 × 30 cm

Light Motiv

Les Editions Light Motiv s’appuient avant tout sur une ligne artistique qui conjugue la mémoire et l’action. Il s’agit de créer des livres qui affrontent le réel au moment d’une transformation sociale, urbaine, naturelle… tout en combinant de manière harmonieuse et pertinente l’écrit et le visuel, les mots et les images, le littéraire et le pictural.
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Le projet éditorial de Light Motiv est d’amener, grâce à la construction du livre et de sa mise en page, les photographies et les textes au même plan de lecture. Rechercher le rythme, l’accord entre ces deux langages qui va épouser le récit documentaire ou intime, la fiction dans les fractures du réel, ou bien encore la recherche sociologique, la découverte artistique…