11/09/2001 – 11/03/2011 by Tadashi Kawamata
Published by Editions Jannink (2013)
Visual artist Tadashi Kawamata expresses his fascination with catastrophes in this collection of images, published as a slim booklet. In juxtaposing photographs of the aftermaths of the events of 11 September 2001 in New York with those in Japan following 11 March 2011, interspersed with images of auto accidents, train derailments and aeroplane crashes, he gives visual form to the very human sense of tragic emotion. Acknowledging that the dates are coincidental, he nevertheless pairs these historic and terrible occurrences in an overlapping narrative of destruction almost beyond our comprehension. In this respect, Kawamata’s visual collage serves a meditative purpose.