The Residency

Post 3.11 Japanese Tsunami/ Nuclear fallout disaster, responding to the plea from local artists, we established a residency project in UK to give time/space for the artists dealing with the complex issues relating to the disaster. By profiling and giving exposure to these young and emerging artists we are hoping to highlight wider environmental / political issues, and to develop closer links between communities in UK and Japan.


The Residency 2017

Yumi Song
An artist and an independent curator who has been directly involved in cultural responses to the earthquake, and Fukushima Nuclear disaster.  In 2013 and 2014, she directed an art festival in Tsuchiyu-onsen, just outside of the evacuation zone in Fukushima. Song describes it as a success but explains that it also highlighted the complexities of ‘post-Fukushima’ Japan.In 2015 she co-curated a cultural exchange between Fukushima, Japan and Portadown, Northern Ireland: When the Wind Blows. Yumi is Director of Kazenosawa Museum of Art.

The Residency 2017

Kyun-Chome

This emerging ‘art unit’ engages with social and political issues caused by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in East Japan in 2011.  Kyun-Chome deftly construct daring art interventions and thoughtful participatory works. Although poetic and humorous, their work avoids whitewashing complex political concerns.  Kyun-Chome highlight the gravity of social issues in Japan by drawing out global themes and engaging international audiences.  The works ask each viewer to confront his or her own precarious existence in the world.  Their upcoming London exhibition Ain’t Got Time To Die promises powerful and unexpected insights into contemporary Japan.

Kyun-Chome Werbsite

The Residency 2015

Yoi Kawakubo
Following the earthquake and nuclear meltdown in East Japan in 2011, Kawakubo has created work in Fukushima that focuses on the limits of photographic representation.  He asks us to carefully re-examine our immediate visual perceptions and to reflect on the ominous histories beneath the aesthetic beauty of his work.To Tell a (hi)Story includes photographic, sound and text works along with an installation.  Kawakubo’s artworks respond to ongoing social issues following the nuclear meltdown in East Japan.   His personal and philosophical reflections on the disaster ask us not only to empathise, but to deeply consider the global implications of the nuclear meltdown.
Husk Gallery, 649-651 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London, E14 7LW 

Yoi Kawakubo Website

The Residency 2014

Komori & Seo
Before this year's residency, Komori Haruka and Seo Natsumi had been working in the hardest hit are of the 2011 tsunami. For a month, this young emerging artist duo were able to showcase their work in various London venues. Their work was both informative and emotive, displaying an aspect of struggle that is rarely portrayed by the media. Komori and Seo recounted of how they were asked by locals to "be our eyes", by photographing the barren lands where their homes once stood, and to "be our voices", by bringing these people's stories to the outside world. Komori + Seo's residency took place between 19th May-5th June 2014 at Husk Gallery and Project space, 649-651 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London, E14 7LW.

Komori & Seo websitehttp://komori-seo.main.jp/blog/

The Residency 2013

Hikaru Fujii
Artist filmmaker, Fujii started to film in the stricken area soon after the disaster in 2011. Since then, he has been documenting the local situations as it shifted from the initial human responses against the background of such an unthinkable catastrophe to the slow process of facing the reality which has changed unequivocally and yet with no definitive hope for the future. His works including artist and the Disaster / Documentation in Progress were exhibited at Art Tower Mito in 2012, and '3.11 Art Documentation PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!', exploring and questioning the relationship between 3.11 and art in his ongoing project 'Record of Costal Landscape'.
Born in Tokyo, Fujii Studied at ENSAD and obtained DEA from Universite de Paris 8. He has worked with visual media addressing social and political situations in Japan. 
Hikaru Fujii's Website

The Residency 2012

Kaya Hanasaki
Hanasaki was born in Japan, 1987. MA Tokyo National Univ. of Fine Arts and Music. Hanasaki's art practice is both performative and installational. She deals with difficult socio political issues without compromise. Hanasaki has been active in raising questions about the issues of the Nuclear Disaster in Tohoku, coordinating Symposium "10months after 3.11". During the Art Action UK Residency Hanasaki has performed at Deptford X Festival and also Greenbelt Festival which were also linked to Project Fukushima! Hanasaki's Masks project first performed at the Greenbelt Festival is still on going and gathering momentum.

Kaya Hanasaki Tumbler

Please see links: Greenbelt, Project Fukushima