Art Alert: Remembering Fukushima in Japanese artists' exhibition at Cairo’s Salah Taher gallery

Ahram Online , Sunday 20 Jan 2019

The exhibition features the work of nine Japanese artists who present the various faces of the Tohoku region of Japan

Tohoku: Through the eyes of Japanese Photographers (Photo: part of promotional material)

An exhibition titled 'Tohoku: Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers' will open at Salah Taher Gallery in Cairo on 23 January.

The Tohoku region in Japan faced the biggest damage in a devastating magnitude 9 earthquake that took place on 11 March 2011.

The quake left 20,000 people dead or missing and caused the unprecedented nuclear accident at No. 1 Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.

The media coverage of the destruction made many people familiar with the names of Tohoku's cities and prefectures, but few are likely to have a broad knowledge of other aspects of the region – its climate, natural and cultural environment, history, way of life, or people.

Through the images of nine Japanese photographers, the exhibition hopes to present the varied faces of Tohoku, and familiarise people with this relatively unknown region.

According to the exhibition text, featured are the photos of Teisuke Chiba and Ichiro Kojima, both of whom photographed Tohoku in the 1950s and 1960s; Hideo Haga, Masatoshi Naito, and Masaru Tatsuki, who have been recording festivals and folk religious rites throughout the region; Hiroshi Oshima and Naoya Hatakeyama, who combined their personal histories with the landscapes of their home regions; Meiki Lin, a photographer of the natural environment; and Nao Tsuda, who is interested in the Japanese spirit in relics and artefacts of the Jomon period.

The Sendai Collection artist collective led by Toru Ito held the same exhibition in the Japanese culture institute in Köln, Germany, and at the Postmodernism Museum of Bucharest in 2015.

The exhibit will open on 23 January at 6:30pm, and runs will 6 February
Open daily (except Fridays) from 10am to 2pm and 4:30pm to 8:30 pm
Salah Taher Gallery, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

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