Reflections of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan: August 6th and 9th, 1945
Curated by Kazuko Uchida
Featuring the work of: K. Hyakuda • Y. Ideguchi • H. Morimoto • Sci-Katz • A. Yamada
Exhibiting photographs of Hiroshima Maidens by G. Schoichet, and selections from the Mount Sinai Archives
August 5th – 27th • 2017
"In August 1945, more than 300,000 people and vast amounts of land of the two cities were exposed to radiation in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nowadays, frequent missile tests in North Korea make us feel anxious about the existence of our planet itself."
- Kazuko Hyakuda
"Inquiring into transience of life, I often adapt Chinese and Japanese mythologies and folklore to address the conflict between life and death in the nuclear age. The representation I pursue is based on cultural connections from Asia to Europe and to the United States."
- Yuki Ideguchi
"A mother’s tender smile in her quiet times is the result of enduring great hardship during the war and then poverty for the postwar decades. Such a smile is the symbolic beauty of peace, which we probably never see at the scene of hatred and conflicts."
- Hiromitsu Morimoto
"Wearing protective clothing for ordinary people to shield themselves from radiation has already been experienced by Japanese people in Fukushima since March 2011. The same thing could happen in some regions of the world, and eventually become everyday life worldwide."
"On the planet, the battle has run out for a long time as if making the history of battles and weapons. While producing my work. I wish for world peace. For example, if I write "death" with a single Chinese character, you may feel "life" that makes you think about something."
- Asako Yamada