Fukushima disaster art
The 11 March 2011 is etched firmly in our memories, as it is the day that one of the biggest nuclear accidents happened: the Fukushima Disaster. The incident has been reflected, documented, and remembered in many art forms.
That’s partly thanks to the fact that video clips, photos and images of the disaster were taken and shared almost immediately and widely following the incident, including those of kids sidestepping dropping objects, the swaying skyscrapers, and emergency workers working their hearts out to help victims.
Art related to the Fukushima Disaster helps to facilitate remembrance and expression of sorrow; thus, artists play a significant therapeutic role. Other artworks help reinforce the environmentalist warning and message to the current and future generation about the risk of nuclear power and humankind’s tendency to harm its environment.
Katsuhiro Otomo, the creator of Akira, the 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film, is one of the most well-known manga artists, animators, screenwriters, and film directors in the world. Though he is best known for his manga series and film adaptations, Otomo crossed over into the sculpture world when he was asked to design a […]
Katsuhiro Otomo’s mural at the Sendai Airport – Riding the Waves Read More
Yoshitomo Nara was born in Hirosaki, Japan, in 1959 and is a Japanese artist whose work has been exhibited around the world. He lives and works in Tokyo, and Japanese popular culture plays an influential role in his world. Nara studied at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, receiving his B.F.A. (1985)
Yoshitomo Nara’s paintings & drawings: Cute or dark and frightening? Read More
A day after a tsunami damaged a nuclear reactor at Fukushima in Japan on 11 March 2011, inhabitants living within 20km of the power plant were forcibly evacuated. They had to leave their personal belongings as well as their household pets and farm animals behind. Three days later, there was a hydrogen explosion at the
Heartbreaking: The abandoned animals of Fukushima Read More