2) Culture of the Fukushima Disasters--presentation by Ai Iwane
From Michael Foster
The Culture of the Fukushima Disasters: Japanese Film, Literature, Manga, and Photography after 3.11
These presentations and roundtable discussion explore cultural texts that have emerged in the wake of the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear catastrophe that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.
"FUKUSHIMA ONDO, the Song and its Rediscovered Origin after 3.11: Reconnection Between Hawaii and Fukushima"
Ai Iwane, artist, photographer and filmmaker
A journey that began in Hawaii with the search for an abandoned ISSEI, the first generation cemeteries, eventually connects me with Fukushima after 3.11. My talk is centered around the photo series KIPUKA, which I was able to create by witnessing an exchange between two regions of performers who participate in the traditional Japanese Buddhist Bon Dance. My attempt is to show the connection that transcends the separation of time and space while showing a bird’s eye view of history and geography.
Ai Iwane was born 1975 in Tokyo. In 1991, she left for the United States to study at Petrolia High School, where she pursued an off-the-grid, self-sustaining lifestyle. She began her career as a photographer in 1996 after returning to Japan. She continues to make work exploring the invisible ties between far-removed locations through a process of herself immersing in those environments, such as her KIPUKA series examining the connec- tion established between Hawaii and Fukushima through immigration. The series and the book KIPUKA (Seigensha Art Publishing, 2018) was awarded the 44th Kimura Ihei Award and the 44th Nobuo Ina Award. Her publications include Journey towards Kipuka (Ohta Publishing), and, A NEW RIVER (bookshop M). Her work has been shown at the Honolulu Museum as part of Hawaii Triennial 2022, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Kanazawa 21 Century Museum, Dali International Photography Exhibition, China.