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SILENT HISTORIES BY KAZUMA OBARA

TALK AND BOOK SIGNING AT IC VISUAL LAB

THU 10th Dec 2015 7pm (Open doors from 6pm)

£2 / FREE FOR ICVL MEMBERS

And for the last talk of the year, we are so excited to have Kazuma Obara coming to Bristol to talk about his book Silent Histories recently published by RM Editorial but also about his new project based in Ukraine. Kazuma gave a short talk as part of PBB 2015, this time he will have a proper insight into his bookmaking method and handmade techniques bringing a wide range of dummies explaining the different stages of his creative process. We are very much looking forward to this.

Silent Histories is a book in which Japanese photographer Kazuma Obara tried to depict the lives of children who were injured and became disabled as a result of the U.S aerial bombing of Japan during World War Two. It has been said that the indiscriminate bombing by U.S. forces during the Pacific War killed 330,000 and left 430,000 Japanese citizens injured. Japan’s economic recovery in the wake of wartime devastation was such that it was referred to as “The Japanese economic miracle”. In contrast, children with incurable wounds of war were forced to live a harsh life. They have lived in the shadows, trying to hide their scars and avoid causing trouble by being invisible, trying hard to cover their pain. This book gives voice to their histories which have been kept silent for 69 years. This book consists of 7 victims’ stories including their current portraits, found photos, and propaganda magazines which were published by the Japanese government during the war period.

Silent Histories – supreme court edition- was originally published as handmade photo book (45 edition) and made to submitted to Supreme Court to show their injuries to a Judge (Victims had sued the government). The photobook was shortlisted for Paris Photo/Aperture Photo Book Award 2014 and was selected for TIME, Lens Culture, and Telegraph Best Photobook 2014.

November 2015, This trade edition was launched from Mexico/Madrid based publisher Editorial RM.

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Silent Histories
Kazuma Obara (photographs)
Clothbound
162 pages
217 images
10.1 × 7.1 in
Design: Jan Rosseel, Yumi Goto, Kazuma Obara
English edition
ISBN RM Verlag 978-84-16282-30-2
Publisher Editorial RM
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