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Fukushima superstitions and consequences

Fukushima superstiitons
and consequences

In Japan, Sarah Trouche faced the silences of a post Fukushima society. She discovers «Aokighanara» at the bottom of the Mount Fuji, where individuals regularly come and hang themselves. With the implacable conscience they cannot follow the way of the living beings, they make the decision to leave it. For each of them is established a sotoba which is a wooden bar in which is engraved the new name of the defunt. The sotoba mark the passage of the missing individuals. With the collaboration of a temple, the artist has made  her own sotoba, painted in yellow. Facing Aokighanara, along the lake Shoji, she has planted a hedge of sotoba which collapsed because of the winds. With the absurd will to struggle against elements, she strove to raise sotoba, in spite of everyone. This is an act to greet fainted memories and to underline the violence of suicides. The examination of beliefs and of superstitions drove her to Shintos rituals, and particularly the one which purify souls and of bodies. With the help of «Onussa» the artist offered an interpretation of the ritual by sweeping air around her. Dense cloud, the body covered with a yellow painting, she does not report not waves of suicides in Japan, but also more recent issues such as the consequences of the disaster of Fukushima. She physically wanted to determine surroundings the by now famous village. In a snowy forest of bamboos, she stopped for four hours dense cloud in the snow which was full of reactivity. Knelt, prostrated, the face partly covered with a rope, she tries to make the population react, and she calls for an individual and collective resistance.

Julie Crenn
Curator Shinjiro Saito
Gallery Hakusen Tokyo


Printing sotoba

Printing sotoba

View on Aokigahara

«Shinto Action»