Andres Serrano – Signs of the Times, 2013, Chim↑Pom – Ki-Ai 100 (100 Cheers), 2011
Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Artists: Adel Abdessemed, Lida Abdul, Phil America, Ivan Argote, Chim↑Pom, Minerva Cuevas, Chto Delat?, Cyprien Gaillard, Yang-Ah Ham, Andre Hemer, Tehching Hsieh, Zhang Huan, Jani Leinonen, Klara Liden, Armando Lulaj, Matt McCormick, Filippo Minelli,
Wang Qingsong, Andres Serrano, Manit Sriwanichpoom,
Clemens von Wedemeyer, Kacey Wong, Xijing Men, He Yunchang.
Exhibited: KI-AI 100 (100 Cheers), 2011
This video work was made in Fukushima in May 2011 and shows the members of Chim↑Pom members together with friends they made in Soma city doing 100 sequential yells of 100 KI-AI (100 Cheers), which is Japanese for shouts showing a fighting spirit. As Soma city was one of the affected areas of the Great East Japan earthquake, these people lost loved ones, their houses were washed away, and they spent over two months in the destroyed city despite fear of radiation. Unlike other areas intensively covered by mass media, this area had suffered from a shortage of volunteers probably due to it being so close to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. These were real shouts filmed all in one-cut and ad-libbed, by the young locals who, although being victims themselves, had continued to provide relief and help towards reconstruction.