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After Hiroshima: nuclear imaginaries

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The Brunei Gallery is dedicated to showing work of and from Asia and Africa, of both a historical and contemporary nature. The gallery is part of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Visit the website here.
Siumee Keelan is a curator specialising in post-1980s Japanese art. She set up After Hiroshima: nuclear imaginaries with Copad Arts, a British-based organisation specialising in Chinese and Japanese art and culture.
After Hiroshima: nuclear imaginaries features art from Kanemaru Kazuya, Mutsumi Tsuda, Keiji Usami, Alexis Hunter, Jacqueline Morreau, Mircea Roman and Tolleck Winner. Alongside their work is a “Peace Tent” created by young people working with the artist Eric Fong, and over 100 “mail art works” from artists around the world who were invited to explore current visions of nuclear weapons in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Siumee Keelan was inspired to create this exhibition after reading Barefoot Gen, the classic manga autobiographical story of artist Keiji Nakazawa, who was only seven years old when the atomic bomb fell on his home city Hiroshima. The manga unveils his family’s struggle for survival in the aftermath of the atomic devastations.

ONE Dr. Oppenheimer, Mutsumi Tsuda
Dr. Oppenheimer, Mutsumi Tsuda

TWO Grandfather, Mutsumi Tsuda
Grandfather, Mutsumi Tsuda

Mutsumi Tsuda was born in Nara, a city in southern Kyushu between Tokyo and Kyoto, in 1962. Much of her work is based on interviews with the children and grandchildren of Japanese people forcibly repatriated from the French Pacific colony of New Caledonia after the end of World War II.

THREE Evil, Alexis Hunter
Evil, Alexis Hunter

FOUR Nuclear moth race, Alexis Hunter
Nuclear moth race, Alexis Hunter

FIVE Voting rights, Alexis Hunter
Voting rights, Alexis Hunter

Alexis Hunter was born in Auckland in 1948. She is an artist, lecturer and author of many books on modern art and feminism. Her work has been exhibited worldwide. Click here for more info.

SIX Gulf war 1, Jacqueline Morreau
Gulf war 1, Jacqueline Morreau

SEVEN Gulf war 2, Jacqueline Morreau
Gulf war 2, Jacqueline Morreau

EIGHT gulf war 3, Jacqueline Morreau
Gulf war 3, Jacqueline Morreau

Jacqueline Morreau was born in America and moved to London in 1972. Much of her work deals with political and social issues. Since 1995 she has been a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Arts.Click here for more info.

NINE Man in white, Mircea Roman
Man in white, Mircea Roman

TEN Woman sitting, Mircea Roman
Woman sitting, Mircea Roman

Mircea Roman graduated in 1984 from the Fine Art Institute in Romania. His work Romanian Contemporary Art was featured in the Budapest Solo Sculpture show in 1998.

ELEVEN Little Japan, Kazuya Kanemaru
Little Japan, Kazuya Kanemaru

Kazuya Kanemaru is an artist and musician. Born in Miyazaki Prefecture in 1959, he graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1984.

After Hiroshima: nuclear imaginaries runs from 11 July – 23 September, with a special opening on 6 August from 10:30 am – 5pm, including a peace ceremony performed by Dr. Sato from Three Wheels, and from 2pm onwards recitals from Japanese musicians on the Roof Garden. Within the exhibition space there will also be an origami workshop where artists and members of the public will create paper cranes.

For more information please visit the official site: www.afterhiroshima.org

Many thanks to John Hollingworth

 


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