Projects > Abandon

Video documentation of an action: 02m 58s (filming by Yukari Hirano)
Lambda print
The photograph series Abandon documents a month-long trip I took around the US, starting in New York. I moved from place to place, attaching ropes to abandoned cars I found on the side of the road, or to broken houses and boats, and pulled them, all the while filming each encounter. It was my goal, even if I couldn’t move them, to connect to these strange objects, and in doing so, to expose my utter helplessness.

My initial interest in this theme came from a doubt that I had had since producing a project in 2011 in Iwaki City, Fukushima: “Do we even have agency regarding the massive problems facing us? A society where people can be driven from their homes by some inexplicable force: perhaps that’s where we (still) are.”