History of Metanarrative

佐方 晴登 / Haruto Sakata

大きな物語の歴史 / History of Metanarrative

2023.12.12 (tue) – 12.24 (sun)

Open 12:00 – 19:00 Closed Mondays





I became interested in the Sanrizuka struggle around two years ago, in the summer. Although I initially had a fragmented understanding of the struggle, my interest grew when I learned of an exhibition by a photographer who had captured images of Sanrizuka. Driven by curiosity, I began researching to gain a deeper understanding of the situation at the time and found myself frequently visiting the area.

This grassroots movement, which has ties to contemporary political issues, is perhaps an ideal place for those looking to voice their dissent in society. A diverse range of people have come and gone from this area. Initially, I was exploring that very diversity. However, I felt that the land, with its vast history, possessed a powerful force that might overshadow individual beliefs.

I decided to adopt a neutral stance, focusing on observing the landscapes where the struggle took place. While the movement is still ongoing, I wanted to view it as a “struggle of the past” from an objective perspective. Although Shinsuke Ogawa reportedly said that one should shoot from the farmers’ viewpoint and that neutrality is deceptive, I chose to pursue the middle path as an ideal, rather than the methodology of a “participatory film.”

What does it mean to see the grand narratives of the past through landscapes? The students who fervently believed in revolution. The farmers who dreamed of a new liberated zone, a utopia, when the airport construction was halted. The people who hoped for the growth of the nation thanks to the airport. As grand narratives are becoming prominent again, could we perhaps derive new ideas by observing the structures of past ideological conflicts through these landscapes?

佐方 晴登 / Haruto Sakata

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