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I did forensic photography using the luminous phenomenon of the material at Iwojima island, that was the US-Japan battlefield during the WWII. As the access of civilians to the island is restricted, the scene remains almost the same. When I illuminated the underground trench, where Japanese soldiers lurked using a forensic light source, I could see the metal pieces and burning marks that difficult to be seen with the naked eye. Following the hand grenades falling on the ground, countless bullet holes, kettles and glasses, I could trace the movements of the people at that time. However, these material evidences are certainly the result of individual actions, but the question of who they belong to and what was behind it bounce me back to the 75-year history barrier. I can make my suggestions basing on the state of traces, battle records, and survivor's testimony, but this can’t be clearly stated. Once upon a time, the rawness that existed has weathered over time and exists as a shadow separated from the original context.

The imprints of countless people who passed through the island are left uncertain for us today, like ancient cave paintings. Being puzzled on this matter, I kept tracing the subtle nuances of each trace and set up the story of others in my own way.

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