Featuring work by: Esther Hessing, Leo van der Kleij and Nishiko.

Many millions of people no longer live in their native town or village, but for others, even a natural disaster is not enough to persuade them to leave the place they were born.

The zone around Chernobyl in the north of Ukraine was declared uninhabitable thirty years ago. And yet some people are again living in the very villages that they previously abandoned. Every day, their sons and daughters travel through the area to work in the nuclear reactor. What makes them so determined to stay? Photographer Esther Hessing and copywriter Sophieke Thurmer spent two years doing research and talking to scores of local residents.

In Rikuzentakata Daily Life and Repairing Earthquake Project, photographer Leo van der Kleij and visual artist Nishiko delve into the disastrous aftermath of the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Leo and Nishiko will be in Het Nutshuis regularly to talk about their work and literally bring it to life.

Het Nutshuis actively supports photographers compiling a photo book, so that their project can extend beyond the dates of an exhibition. You can help photographers too. Esther and Sophieke are running a crowdfunding campaign from 23 August to 9 October to raise money for their book Bound to the Ground. Go to boundtotheground.com.

Photo: Leo van der Kleij; Rikuzentakata Sushishop

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