When Stockburger first arrived in Hiroshima, he was fascinated by the enormous influence of the United States on postwar Japan. He began documenting this influence throughout all 47 prefectures of Japan. By using a large format camera and precisely setting the frame of the photograph, he was able to dissolve Japan from his images. Stockburger, thereby, created a simulation of the American visual landscape in Japan. In doing this, he is not only challenging our visual perception of Japan and the United States of America, but also asking how images themselves have deeply shaped our modern world.

Max Ernst Stockburger 2020 — Berlin/Tokyo