I am half Japanese and lived in Japan for 13 years. I have experienced several earthquakes. The massive one occurred in 2011 in the Tohoku area was one of the most traumatic but at the same time revealing experiences in my life. In that moment I took complete awareness of belonging to the soil. Nature gives us the gift of life but, on the other hand, it can deprive us of everything capriciously. I reckon that Japan has resemblances with Iceland. Both lands are conditioned by an extreme nature, with volcanoes and earthquakes. At the same time, there are obvious differences (i.e., in demography or grade of urbanization) between their societies, which allow us to explore the different ways that humans face their existences under similar conditions.
In this project, I tried to envision and render my experience in both countries by taking personal perspective, imagination, facts and geographical location. The aim is to describe a paradigm of all human beings connected with Earth.
Living in a capitalist and technologically super-developed society, we tend to forget that we live inside the nature. However, volcanoes, earthquakes and other natural phenomena remind us our bonds with the environment. This works aims to concern the spaces where we make our home and its influence on who we are. With my vision I would like to create a portrait of the collective interacting with Earth.