3/11 – What is the difference if I am here or not here? – Fukushima Nuclear disaster exhibition

Invitational show at Art Forum JARFO in Kyoto, together with one artist friend of my choice (Yasuo Imai, BA/MA Painting Brighton/UK). Our initial topic had been: “What is the difference if I am here or not here?”, researching personal loss. At this time I experienced a heightened extreme nationalist and anti-Western mood in Japan.

On March 11th 2012 a sea-quake and thus triggered tsunami destroyed great parts of coastal Japan and caused a melt-down in the nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi.

As a consequence of the disaster we felt it was necessary adjusting our theme. We ended up doing so several times over the course of occurring events, trying to be tactful towards our audience in regards of the context between our originally chosen topic and the daily news at the time.

Japan seems generally to me a place with a strong feminine character to it.
The drawings show various female figures wearing bunny-ears, my symbol for feminine assumed or actual submissiveness as well as human naivety and false hope, but also courage and strong will, which I developed during a research year at SEIKA Universty of Art in 2008/09.
On the backsides of these drawings are both Japanese as well as Western newspaper articles and opportunistic advertisements for insurances glued, which report the development of the catastrophe, depending on time and location in a reassuring or concerned tone.

Despite the national news claiming the situation was of no greater concern I was advised by well meaning friends to leave as soon as possible due to serious potential health risks also for my accompanying child.
I completed  five large scale graphite drawings (78 cm x 110 cm) in Japan, and five further after I had left the country. For this reason the final adjustment of the exhibition was staging it as a live event and photocopies of the drawings were sent to the gallery by fax at the opening night.

This category shows the original drawings and details of some backsides.