Saturday, March 12, 2016

"Strange Beauty: Radiography from Fukushima" at University Art Gallery, March 15 - 18.

The University of Pittsburgh's University Art Gallery will host photographer Takashi Morizumi and his exhibit "Strange Beauty: Radiography from Fukushima" from Tuesday, March 15 through Friday, March 18.

I want to share the terror of radiation—­­­­­the pain that does not have a sound or smell. It is invisible. It does not itch or have flavor. The radioactive material that I could not take in through my five senses has flowed into the world, far from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Following the disaster, Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto said to me that imagination was necessary to understand the extent of the risk. Five years have passed since the accident, and the radioactive material in these photographs continues to undermine our health. Anyone may imagine an extraordinary object shining in a nebula or in the deep sea that has never been seen by the naked eye.

Through these photographs, I hope to convey a strong visual impact, to share the strange beauty that reveals the hidden threat of radiation.
The gallery will host a reception on March 15 at 5:00 pm, followed by a panel discussion with the Morizumi (via Skype) from 6:00 pm. The exhibition and the events are held at the University Art Gallery in the Frick Fine Arts Building in Oakland (map). For more information, visit the Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace event page.