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
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/
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