In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 now on view at Japan Society Gallery

In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 now on view at Japan Society Gallery

A national tragedy shouldn’t define a country but it should help unify its citizens. This could be said of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C. on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the enormous earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeast Japan on March 11, 2011.

Today marks the five-year anniversary of the disaster in Japan, which took approximately 18,000 lives and displaced 400,000 people. Today, the Japan Society Gallery in Midtown East will open a new exhibition about the event. On view thru June 12, In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 recounts the most widely photographed catastrophe in history. The exhibition features more than 90 photographs, videos and installations created by 17 artists, examining what was lost and what remained after the events of March 11.

The exhibition is divided into three sections: documentary approaches to the disasters, experimental uses of photographic techniques in search of a 3/11 iconography, and the development of a visual narrative for Tohoku, the northeastern region of Japan that received the most damage from the earthquake. 

Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree (1996 – present) is also on view as part of the exhibition. With the installation, Ono invites visitors to tie their written wishes on the branches of an apple tree in hope for a brighter future.

For more on the exhibition, click here.

Pictured: Shiga Lieko, Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore) 45 from the series Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore), 2012, photograph, chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist. ©Lieko Shiga. Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

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