New Meetup: Hiroshima: After Aftermath

From: Jerome
Sent on: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 2:47 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Greater Raleigh Japanese Language and Culture Meetup Group!

What: Hiroshima: After Aftermath

When: November 9,[masked]:30 PM

UNC-Chapel Hill Global Education Center
301 Pittsboro Street Nelson Mandela Auditorium
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Artist lecture by elin o'Hara slavick, Professor of Art, UNC-Chapel Hill
with respondent Cary Levine, Professor of Art History, UNC-Chapel Hill
curator of slavick's upcoming Hiroshima exhibition at Golden Belt, Durham, NC, November 20, 2009 - January 10, 2010

On August 6, 1945, the United States of America dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. 70,000 people died instantly. Another 70,000 died by the end of 1945 as a result of exposure to radiation and other related injuries. Hiroshima is now a City of Peace. Everywhere there are memorials to this catastrophic event that inaugurated the Atomic Age. A-bombed trees continue to grow and A-bombed buildings remain.

The enormity of Hiroshima challenges the artist, especially the American artist, in ethical and formal ways. For several years elin worked on a series of anti-war drawings of places the United States has bombed, subsequently published as the book Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography, (Charta, Milan, Italy, 2007). After making drawings from the bomber's perspective that include no people, she has now been on the ground. She hopes to engage in ethical seeing, visually register warfare and address the irreconcilable paradox of making visible the most barbaric as witness, artist, and viewer. She employs traditional documentary and alternative photographic processes - cyanotypes, contact prints of crayon rubbings on Japanese paper, autoraidography - to reveal what is hidden, to prove what is denied.

Hibakusha (A-bomb survivor), Okada Emiko ends her first-person oral account with, "Today there are over 30,000 nuclear weapons in this world. Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not past events. They are about today's situation."

elin o?Hara slavick is a Distinguished Term Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she teaches studio art, theory and practice. Slavick has exhibited her work in Hong Kong, Canada, France, Italy, Scotland, England, Cuba, Argentina, the Netherlands and across the United States. She is the author of Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography, (Charta, 2007), with a foreword by historian Howard Zinn. Essays on Hiroshima by slavick can be found in Critical Asian Studies (June, 2009) and the online Asia-Pacific Journal (August, 2009),

Cary Levine is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He specializes in contemporary art and visual culture. He is writing a book on the work of Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy and Raymond Pettibon. Levine's research focuses on strategies of cultural politics in art and issues of subculture, gender, sexuality and popular culture. He is particularly interested in alternative modes of critique, including caricature, the grotesque, parody, regression, black humor, and the abject. Levine has been an active art critic, writing for magazines such as Art in America and BOMB. He has written numerous essays for exhibition catalogues and also worked for three years in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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