Time Travelers is photo installation in a bed room in the exclusion zone by the nuclear disaster of 2011. Artist Kota TAKEUCHI photographed self-portraits with his friends. Afterwards they were printed life-size and installed at the same places of the photos.
In the exclusion zone, some people wear protection suit and the others wear the everyday clothes. The clothes of people are different by visit place and work contents. The local government of the evacuation zone recommends wearing some kind of protection, but the Japanese Government announces to entrust each person’s judgment by a place, work and weather. For the people who consider the protection suit to be a symbol of the pollution, the difference of clothes sometimes becomes the symbol of the political opposition over the nuclear disaster.
TAKEUCHI and friends —with the house owner’s permission— put on their clothes that they had left on their bed during the hasty evacuation of their home. Wearing the found clothes in the image, TAKEUCHI intend them not a symbol of opposition, but as a form of harmonizing the complexities of the nuclear disaster and the previous history of the site—a resonance that travels through time.
Confusion and the opposition over the evaluation of radiological pollution sometimes happened among communities and families, and the people have been impoverished. As time passes, radionuclides decay, entrance restrictions on the zone are lifted, and the need for a protective suit fades, these photos will finish their time travel and be seen as everyday snapshots.
Born in 1982, Hyogo, Japan
Lives and works in Tokyo and Fukushima, Japan.
He produces videos and oil paintings about eyes on public scenery, social events, and their memory.