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And where did the peacocks go?

Miho Kajioka

Binding: Softcover


Miho Kajioka's work draws on the Japanese tradition of “wabi-sabi” – the appreciation of beauty in imperfection and transience, and the Zen/Taoist belief that the essence of an object exists rather in the empty space inside and around it. This is certainly evident in this beautiful publication. Those looking for comparisons might gravitate toward Masao Yamamoto and while there is a similarity in style the personal in Kajioka's work is enough to distinguish it from that of the great Japanese photographer. This work, partly seen at the Photographer's Gallery earlier this year, was created in response to the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

"Right after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident, I found a blog about peacocks that were left in the evacuation zone, within the 20 km limit. I started imagining those peacocks, walking around the empty town with their beautiful wings spread. The image I had in my mind seemed so far away from what was going on in Fukushima. It was as if two different layers of images – the disaster scene and beautiful peacocks – were overlapping with each other without being unified. I started to see different layers in almost everything after the disaster in 2011."

Miho Kajioka

Publisher: the (M) éditions

Size: 16 x 20 cm

64 pages + 32 pages booklet (text in English and Japanese) .