Otsuchi - Future Memories: Essay by Alejandro Chaskielberg
The book gathers family photographs of the inhabitants of Otsuchi, found after the disaster, and places them in dialogue with images of the survivors amidst the ruins of their homes. It also recovers the colours of the archival photographs, in many cases blurred or washed out, in order to colour the portraits of the survivors. In this way, colour constitutes a bridge between the images of past and present, establishing a connection between them. Otsuchi: Future Memories leads us to reflect on the dynamic relationship between family photographs and our memories in the wake of such calamities. The 2011 tsunami took a toll in human lives, destroyed entire communities, and caused untold material damage, but above all it left the survivors with the intangible loss of their own identity and memories, in which family photographs play a fundamental role.