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"After Hiroshima: Nuclear Imaginaries"
2005-07-25 until 2005-09-24
Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
London, , USA United States of America

After Hiroshima: Nuclear Imaginaries curated by Siumee Keelan presents the work of three artists from Japan: Kanemaru Kazuia, Mutsumi Tsuda and Keiji Usami, and from England: Alexis Hunter, Jacqueline Morreau, Mircea Roman and Tolleck Winner. Alongside their work is the installation Peace Tent created by young people (from Positive Activities for Young People, Ealing Youth and Connexions Service) working with the artist Eric Fong, and the ‘mail art’ work of 111 artists from 25 countries exploring current visions of nuclear weapons in the 20th and 21st centuries, and in particular nuclear fictions since 1991. The exhibition also presents Crane Project consisting of thousands of paper cranes sent by individuals and organizations from around the world as a symbol of their commitment to world peace.

After Hiroshima: Nuclear Imaginaries is timed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of this tragic time of man’s inhumanity to man and when the USA used Japan to test the power of a newly created weapon of mass destruction. The date was 6 August 1945 when the ‘Little Boy’ containing Uranium 235 was dropped over Hiroshima. The second bomb ‘Fat Man’ containing plutonium 239 was used on Nagasaki. Nuclear consciousness has proliferated in the arts since the atomic attack on Japan, becoming a visual culture of global dimensions, incorporated science-fiction dystopian narratives of destruction and fall-out in comics, cartoons, multi-media, performance, painting, sculpture, graphic design photography and film. The symbolic order of the nuclear age has undergone recent transformation with the arrival of new narratives and metaphors of nuclear threat since the Cold War and with the new fictions involving 'War on Terror', rogue atomic states, depleted uranium, and dirty bombs. A global threat, with local affects, has motivated new aesthetic responses to a new culture of annihilation, and plotting the boundary between nuclear fiction and reality in narratives of heroism and nihilism, resignation and resistance, paranoia and paralysis. The works in After Hiroshima: Nuclear Imaginaries exemplify this current surge of interest.

EVENTS at the Brunei Gallery
Screenings of Educational Videos

1. Atomic Bomb Survivors Uncensored, a non profit film for use solely for education by Tania Mathias. www.hiroshimauncensored.org

2. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, told by Liv Ullmann, solo guitar music by George Winston, illustrated by Ed Young, Story by Elenor Goerr and Directed by George Levenson

Artist Painting on Site (from 11July to 24 September 2005 - at specific times) Presents an opportunity for the public to meet and discuss with the artist Alexis Hunter as she creates in the Brunei Gallery Nuclear Daemon on canvas.

Saturday 6th August 2005

A day of events at the Brunei Gallery to mark the 60th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima with Dr Sato from Three Wheels performing a peace ceremony and groups of Japanese musicians organised by Ms Shino Arisawa performing from 2pm on the Japanese Roof Garden at the Gallery. Within the exhibition itself there will be an origami workshop where artists will help the public to make paper cranes.
Friday 23rd September 2005 – Round table discussion at the Brunei Gallery with the curator Siumee Keelan and invited speakers
Saturday 24th September 2005 - One-day symposium on Visual Culture and Nuclearisation at the Brunei Theatre, The School of African and Oriental Studies.

Further information at www.afterhiroshima.org

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