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Portrait of Cultivation from Rasen Kaigan (Spiral Shore) / Shiga Lieko
Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Shiga Lieko

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        Photography of Troubled Dreams

        Japanese photographer Shiga Lieko works with local communities, immersing herself in them and incorporating their histories and myths into her photographs. Her series Rasen Kaigan (Spiral Shore) was created between 2009 and 2012 in Kitakama, Japan, a coastal village devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. The images possess a dreamlike, postapocalyptic quality that evokes myth, natural disaster, and trauma.

        Six from the series are included in the exhibition The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography (through February 21).

        Three images from Shiga Lieko’s series Rasen Kaigan (Spiral Shore), from top: Rasen Kaigan 39 and Portrait of Cultivation, 2009; Rasen Kaigan 21, 2012. Chromogenic prints. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council, 2015.1.2.–.4 © Shiga Lieko


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