Fukushkima Prefectural Ono Hospital in the Nuclear Exclusion Zone, 2014
In Ritual and Reality, we join Garbasz on her journey through Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, where on March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was hit by a tsunami triggered by the Tohoku earthquake. The resulting catastrophic failure has become the largest nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Garbasz’s investigation into Fukushima continues her life-long quest to explore and document spaces that have gone through a serious trauma.
Over the course of three weeks, donning protective gear and a Geiger counter, Garbasz travelled the Fukushima Prefecture, predominantly on foot, photographing the abandoned towns that have been taken back by nature because humans have rendered them uninhabitable.
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Abandoned home and car, Kumagawa, Okuma-machi, Futaba, Fukushima Nuclear Exclusion Zone, 2014
Golf driving range, Mukaihata, Okuma-machi, Futaba, Fukushima Nuclear Exclusion Zone, 2014
Overgrown garden and greenhouse, TEPCO single worker accommodation in the background, Ono, Fukushima Nuclear Exclusion Zone, 2014
Storage of nuclear contaminated materials, Rte 6, Fukushima (former Exclusion Zone opened in April 2013), 2014