Fotograf Magazine

Marie Quéau: Gojira

I work with the limits of photography, and play with its indicial character. Thus, this work presents images of an island that I have never visited and of which there are only a very few representations.
This body of images is built around my fantasies as a Westerner about the Japanese island of Oshima, home of the Gojira monster. In Japanese movies from the 1960s, this prehistoric lizard served both as a metaphor of the United States and an allegory of nuclear weapons in general. The frightening beast was the product of nuclear testing and embodied the fear of numerous Japanese people towards the bombings that occurred in 1945.

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