In The Wake

Premiere DateJul 7, 2015
00:00 In The Wake
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01:56 The Quake
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04:07 Questions
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05:28 The Artists
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06:41 Personal Photographs
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07:58 Range of Images
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10:56 Dread and Anxiety
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12:14 Ostrich
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14:03 Meltdown
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16:07 Invisible Damage
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17:46 Reverse Negatives
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19:06 Radioactive Soil
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20:30 Isolation
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22:07 Response
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24:18 Finish
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Nobuyoshi Araki, Shakyō rōjin nikki (Diary of a Photo-Mad Old Man), 2011,

On the show this week, curator Anne Nishimura Morse, of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston , talks about the exhibition  In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11.

In Japan 3/11 refers to the earthquake, tsunami, and meltdown off the Fukushima nuclear power plant that occurred on  March 11th 2011. That day the deadly tsunami killed more than 15000 people and radiation from the nuclear plant has  left large swaths of land uninhabitable. In The Wake explores how Japanese photographers have addressed the large scale death and destruction of 3/11, as well as the impact it’s had on the Japanese psyche. The images in the show range from anonymous family photographs to images that speak to Japan’s complex history with nuclear energy.

Yasusuke Ota, Deserted Town from the series The Abandoned Animals of Fukushima, 2011,Yasusuke Ota

Masato Seto from the series Cesium, 2012

Takashi Arai,  April 26, 2011, Onahama, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, from the series Mirrors in Our Nights, 2011,

Shimpei Takeda, Trace #16, Lake Hayama (Mano Dam) from the series Trace, 2012,

Lieko Shiga,  Kaigan (Spiral Shore) 45 from the series Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore), 2012

Daisuke Yokota, Untitled from the series Site/Cloud, 2012,

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