A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake

Fuyubi Nakamura
  • A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake
  • A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake
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A bilingual publication in English and Japanese, A Future for Memory: Art and Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake was published in conjunction with the Museum of Anthropology's 2021 exhibition of the same name. 

Excerpt from MOA's Curator of Asia Fuyubi Nakamura's introduction:

"Nature is powerful.  It can be destructive, but it can also be regenerative and healing.  While the tsunami took away so many lives, the ocean has also blessed us with rich resources.  There was a breath of life in the aftermath of the disaster: flowers bloomed and trees continued to grow.  The moon and stars shone above the ravaged land.  At the same time, in some areas in Fukushima the soil and trees exposed to radiation had to be removed or hewn.  These further changes to the natural landscape have added to the destructive impact of human needs.  This triple disaster also left many people to live with invisible disaster: radioactivity and nuclear leaks are barely visible, if not invisible, despite the visible fears they induce.  In a way, that experience is not unlike what we are going through today as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, though the cause is entirely different.  What have we learnt from the force of nature and the resilience of people to live in harmony with nature?" 

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A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake
A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake