Program 2016

Michel Huneault

Canada (1976)

Vues de Tohoku


Five years ago, on 11 March 2011, an earthquake devastated the region of Tohoku in Japan, unleashing a tsunami and causing the nuclear incident at Fukushima. After visiting there in 2012 for a volunteer rehabilitation project, the photographer returned to Japan in 2015 and travelled along the Japanese coastline. He documented in sounds and images the damage caused by the catastrophe. This installation shows the way the Japanese deal with traumas of such magnitude. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in two giant composite panoramas of the coastal city of Ishinomaki, exhibited on semi-circular structures: on the outside the waterfront and on the inside the landscape devastated by the tsunami, with a few new buildings emerging.

Original scenography by Festival Images Vevey