Hotel Okinawa. In hardened slipcase with signed 8x10 inch print ("Mount Blanc Hotel, Okinawa City").
8.25 x 9.85 inches (210 x 250 mm)
90+ colour and b/w photographs
Essays by Marc Feustel and Akemi Johnson
Japan's southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, hosts a concentration of US military bases unlike anywhere outside the continental US. More than half the 50,000 US troops stationed in Japan are based here. On the main island of Okinawa nearly 20% of the land is occupied by these bases. Until 1972 Okinawa was administered by the United States, and the legacy of those years, plus the continued large footprint of the bases, has created a unique social and physical landscape.
Hotel Okinawa, photographed between 2008 and 2016, looks at the complexities of this relationship, on base and off. The title refers to the notion that Okinawa, caught between larger, more powerful forces, has long had to "accommodate" outsiders. A circumstance which continues today.
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