Japanese, born 1982
Trace #10, Iwase General Hospital
Gelatin silver print
Photographs from Takeda's Trace series seem worlds away from destruction and disaster–perhaps depicting distant stars or galaxies dotting the night sky. In fact, they are among the most direct records of the nuclear fallout from the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. Takeda traveled around the hard-hit Fukushima region, where he had been born, collecting soil samples from sites that evoke the tension between life and death such as temples, military bases, and, in this case, a hospital. He then packaged the soil with sheets of unexposed photographic paper for a month. The developed papers reveal traces of radiation that poetically challenge the invisibility of nuclear disaster.
Japanese, born 1966
Stranger No. 2