“Fukushima 3.11: After One Year,” an exhibition featuring 48 photographs by Ryuichi Hirokawa and Takashi Morizumi depicting the 2011 earthquake and aftermath in Fukushima, Japan will open March 8 and remain on view through May 31, 2012 at New York University’s Institute of Public Knowledge (IPK).
The exhibition opening will take place on Thurs., March 8, 3-5 p.m. at IPK, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor (between 5th and 6th Streets). Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Both the opening and the exhibition are free and open to the public. Photo identification is required for access to the building. For further information, call 212.998.1930. Subways: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street).
On March 11, 2011 the earthquake and tsunami which occurred in Eastern Japan caused tremendous damage and resulted in nearly 20,000 deaths. This earthquake also caused serious damage the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, exacerbating the disaster. Due to the damage at the power plant, it has been estimated that the amount of radioactive materials released was more than 168 times that unleashed by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, spreading contamination across a broad area of eastern Japan and creating ongoing health risks to thousands of Japanese citizens. Due to the evacuation orders issued to those living in the vicinity, people lost their land, farms, beloved animals, and livelihoods.
The show is presented by Hiroko Goto of the Japan-based NGO Human Rights Now and a professor of law at Chiba University in Tokyo, and co-sponsored by Human Rights Now, Peace Boat, and the NYU Departments of Performance Studies and Photography and Imaging.
The Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) brings theoretically serious scholarship to bear on major public issues. Located at NYU, it nurtures collaboration among social researchers in New York and around the world. It builds bridges between university-based researchers and organizations pursuing practical action. It supports communication between researchers and broader publics. And it examines transformations in the public sphere, social science, and the university as a social institution as these change the conditions for public knowledge.
Human Rights Now (HRN) is an international human rights NGO based in Tokyo with over 700 members comprised of lawyers and academics. HRN is dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights of people worldwide. For more, go to: http://www.hrn.or.jp/eng.
Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. Peace Boat seeks to create awareness and action based on effecting positive social and political change in the world through the organization of global educational programmes, responsible travel, cooperative projects and advocacy activities. These activities are carried out on a partnership basis with other civil society organizations and communities in Japan, Northeast Asia, and around the world. Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. The ship creates a neutral, mobile space and enables people to engage across borders in dialogue and mutual cooperation at sea, and in the ports it visits. Activities based in Japan and Northeast Asia are carried out from our seven Peace Centers in Japan. For more, go to: www.peaceboat.org
The Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts is a four-year B.F.A. program centered on the making and understanding of images. Students explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Situated within New York University, the program offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum and a serious and broad grounding in the liberal arts.