Born in Osaka in 1979, Yuji Hamada studied photography at the University of Nihon. One day, he received a postcard from Switzerland from one of his friends on which there was a mountain range. The vision of this image fascinated him and the artist then attempted to recreate this strange and striking atmosphere by reconstructing it in a studio. Produced shortly after the March 2011 earthquake that shook Japan, the series Primal Mountain expresses Hamada’s doubt regarding the ability of images broadcast by government agencies to accurately reflect the traumatic reality of this natural and nuclear catastrophe. Festival Images presents this series opposite the Alpine panorama that has guaranteed the development of tourism in the Riviera region since the 19th century.
Courtesy: Photo Gallery International
A Festival Images (Vevey) and ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne coproduction
Scenography : Megan Elisabeth Dinius, Raphaël de Kalbermatten, Léonard Golay, ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne