Postcards From Japan – A Message From Tohoku Artists
Ikon presents Postcards From Japan - A Message From Tohoku Artists, an exhibitionmarking the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hitnorth east Japan on 11 March 2011.
In the aftermath of the disaster, electronic means of communication largely failed,making the use of landlines, mobile phones and internet extremely difficult. Thepost office, however, was quickly up and running and in many cases the firstopportunity to report news of survival to loved ones was by postcard.
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Postcards From Japan - A Message From Tohoku Artists is a collection of A5 artworkpostcards by 22 artists from north east Japan who, in the face of tragedy, give aninsight into the grace and resilience of the Japanese spirit. It will be exhibited inIkon's wooden stairwell, previously used for the presentation of recorded readingsfrom On Kawara's One Million Years, a seminal work concerned with humanvulnerability.
The postcards include Leaves Painting: SUMI (2011), a composition using gold,platinum and silver leaf by respected artist Hisashi Momose; his wife lost eightmembers of her family from three generations in the tsunami. Yoshitomo Saito losthis studio and all his video equipment, but his family survived. His Building up Hope(2011) shows the artist with his child, illustrating the desire for recovery in time forthe next generation. Megumi Honda's Tenshin 2011 (2011) is made of shellscollected from the shore in her hometown of Higashi-Matsushima after the disaster.Her six-year-old nephew just escaped the tsunami, but saw many of his friends andneighbours drown.
The exhibition is curated by Kate Thomson and Hironori Katagiri, who were workingin Tohoku when the earthquake struck. Together the pair have voluntarily organisedinternational exhibitions and projects to support recovery in Tohoku, encouraginglocal artists and their communities, and developing international cultural links.
The curators also invite artists and poets, of any age or stage in their career, to sendtangible messages of support to communities affected by the earthquake by makingA5 size original artwork or poetry postcards. These works will feature in Postcards toJapan, an exhibition to tour Japan. For more information visit www.postcardproject.org